Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 15, 07 – 10 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 15 – Mar 07 – 10
Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response: Food Assistance Sector

Situation Overview

Kenya Red Cross, Government of Kenya (Office of the President / Special Programme) and WFP are coordinating the food pipeline and food assistance activities in Kenya building on the existing food assistance coordination mechanisms in Kenya.

The general security situation has been calm with highways and roads being accessible and open. No incidents related to post-election violence were reported during the reporting period. Security situation appears to be returning to normal. Police patrolling and check posts on the highways have improved. The order for military escort is no more in force since mid-last week and no incidence/event has been reported on this account since withdrawal of military escort. The night bus service, which was stopped since the post-election violence, is now expected to commence under military escort.

The authorities are encouraging IDPs in camps to return home. While there are few reports of return, majority of IDPs prefer to stay with host families closer to their farmlands. The IDPs feel secure living within their communities, which also gives them an opportunity to prepare their farms during the rainy season. It has been reported that families are already preparing their farmlands for the rainy season.

Determining the actual figure of IDPs in the camps/sites and those within the communities continues to be a challenge. The latest IDP number from KRC is 234,725 IDPs in 247 camps (as of 3 March). KRC estimates 150,000 IDPs as a medium term caseload, these are IDPs who will not be able to easily go home for different reasons.

Humanitarian Response

Adequate WFP stocks are in place for four operational hubs (Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi) in addition to GoK and KRC stocks to respond to identified needs. GoK is expected to release additional cereals.

KRC, GoK and WFP, and partners jointly distributed 5,269 MT of assorted food commodities to 436,805 people including 276,305 displaced people and 160,500 vulnerable people affected by the crisis in the slums of Nairobi and Kisumu as on 3 Mar.

Nyanza and Western Provinces

The fourth round of IDP distribution is expected to commence mid next week to all the sites where proper verification has been done. Verification of caseload in the remaining area is ongoing. A total of 446mt food has been distributed in the provinces from 9 Jan to 3 Mar 08.

North Rift

3rd Distribution Plan dispatches commenced on 26 Feb and expected to finish the last distribution on 20 March. As per the current caseload, a total of 1,421mt food will be distributed to 84,000 IDPs at 80 IDP sites in 10 districts. A total of 2,376mt food has been distributed in this province from 5 Jan to 3 Mar 08.

Key challenge is determining actual IDP figures in the camps/sites and those within the communities. The IDPs seem to prefer living within the communities for security reasons and in order to prepare their farms for the rainy season. WFP & KRC to discuss the challenges with other key stakeholders.

South Rift / Central

The 2nd distribution (March) cycle is progressing according to plan which will cover 73,000 IDPs with 411mt food. So far 50% of the planned beneficiaries have received food rations for two weeks. IDPs continue to move from smaller camps to larger ones such as Naivasha Kendog camp and Naivasha stadium, Nakuru show ground, Nakuru Afraha, and Matumaini camp in Molo for better facilities and security. Monitoring visits have also indicated that food distributions have been efficient in these larger and better-organized camps.

Nairobi

WFP, Government and other stakeholders met on 4th March 2008 at PCs office to review the concluded distribution cycle and discussed the next distribution cycle. Present at the meeting were representatives from Kenya Red Cross, NAC, Jamii Bora, Provincial Administration represented by the PC’s office, DCs, and WFP. The key discussions were:

– review of the last distribution – it was reported that the distribution went as planned though not without challenges;

– major challenges due to emerging new IDPS; and

– delayed reporting and non-adherence to ration scales by some CBOs.

A total of 58,700 IDPs were reached with 290mt food distributed in 56 IDP sites through 37 CBOs and CARE Kenya. The Government donated cereals and WFP donated pulses, HEB and vegetable oil.

The next distribution will commence mid-March with the same partners. It was agreed to request 324mt (3,600 bags @90 kg) of maize from the OP for the next distribution cycle. More IDPS were reported in Dagoreti, Pumwani and Westlands. The meeting agreed on adding these areas in the next distribution. NAC will take Dagoreti and JBT will take Pumuwani and Westlands.

The KRC will lead the registration of IDPs. They will share the data with WFP and the PCs office.

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