Following the drought in Kenya, the US government has donated at least 16 billion shillings to meet the needs of Kenyans who are suffering as a result of its effect.
The announcement comes following US first lady Jill Biden’s visit to Kenya, which was praised by President William Ruto after he tweeted his appreciation given that the nation has been experiencing a dry season as a result of four years of insufficient rainfall.
“On behalf of the people of Kenya, my profound gratitude to US government for this generous support to very deserving people suffering the worst drought due to 4 years consecutive failed rains. Water harvesting to enhance food/livestock production & manage climate change effects,” Ruto wrote on twitter.
In addition to providing food items like sorghum, maize, yellow split peas, and vegetable oil for families living in areas where local markets are not operating, the funds are expected to meet the needs of approximately 1.3 million Kenyans, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“More money is needed after the drought threat in Kenya in order to reduce the effects of the drought through 2023,”said USAID.
More than four million Kenyans, according to data, are in desperate need of food assistance, and if nothing is done, that figure is anticipated to increase to over five million in June this year.