The United Nations will give Kenya Ksh500 million ($5 million) to respond to persistent drought caused by “climatic shocks”.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mr Mark Lowcock said the funds would complement the Kenyan government’s hunger safety-net programme for arid areas.
Somalia, where the UN has warned of a looming famine, will receive Ksh3 billion ($30m).
Ethiopia will get Ksh1 billion ($10m) to help ensure adequate food supplies for a drought-ravaged region bordering Somalia.
The UN refugee agency has, meanwhile, warned that “severe climatic conditions combined with armed conflict and protracted displacement” could force Somalia into a major humanitarian emergency.
“Decades of climatic shocks and conflict have left more than 2.6 million people internally displaced in Somalia today,” the refugee agency said on Tuesday.
Source: the East African