Saturday, October 18, 2008


The government of Kenya has issued a famine alert for over 1.4 million people across twenty districts.

Special programmes Permanent secretary Ali Daud Mohammed warned that the situation in these districts has reached an acute stage and could easily deteriorate into emergency levels if the short rains delay further.

The alert came on the day that the world marked the world food day meant to highlight food security matters.

He mentioned Mandera, Wajir, Turkana, Marsabit and Garissa Districts as worse affected.

The Government has the capacity to reduce these problems but normally waits for international emergency groups like WFP to do something. If the government builds boreholes, creates ways to tap into irrigation schemes or even puts more energy into such ministries like Special programmes, it can help solve these issues.