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Call For Unity In Providing Food To Starving Schoolchildren

Call For Unity In Providing Food To Starving Schoolchildren

Nyeri Senator Wahome Wamatinga has called on all elected leaders in the county to work together to provide relief food to students in 70 public schools in drought-stricken areas.

Wamatinga, who was launching a school feeding program at Nyakinyua Primary School, warned that the deteriorating effects of the ongoing drought among students from poor families cannot be ignored any longer and that immediate action is required to prevent such children from dropping out.

He singled out Kieni, Mathira West, and Mukurwe-ini sub-counties as some of the worst affected areas in the county, pleading with all elected leaders, including Governor Mutahi Kahiga, to pool resources to address the situation.

“We are living in a critical time in this country coming on hot on the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic and worsened by a weakened economy that has made the drought situation worse for many families. 

He said many children in hard-hit areas are literally going to school on empty stomachs.

Wamatinga urged all leaders to offer whatever they can afford to alleviate the situation while also ensuring these children continue to learn.

Following four consecutive failed rain seasons, Kenya is facing one of its worst food crises in decades.

This situation has pushed over 4 million Kenyans to the brink of a humanitarian disaster, with hundreds of animals already reported dead in the Northern Frontier counties.

Even as some leaders urge Dr. Ruto to declare the current drought a national disaster, the government has already begun the process of distributing relief food to affected counties.

Lauren Landis, World Food Programme Representative and Country Director for Kenya, said in a statement commemorating World Food Day this year that the international community is solidly behind the country in providing relief assistance to starving communities, including increasing food distribution.

Nonetheless, she has called for a shift in alternative food production mechanisms, including the adoption of drought-resistant crops that can withstand the negative effects of global climate change.

“Humanitarian assistance alone will never be enough in Kenya’s increasingly dry and drought-prone climate.

“The key to better nutrition lies in profound agricultural shifts, such as adoption of drought-tolerant crops and water-efficient farming techniques; production of more nutritious crops like high-iron beans; improving postharvest storage; enhancing processing; reducing food losses; improving food safety; and establishing better connections to markets.

Call For Unity In Providing Food To Starving Schoolchildren

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