Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 16, 11 – 13 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance

Source: Inter-Cluster Group for KenyaDate: 13 Mar 2008

Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 16, 11 – 13 Mar 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response – Cluster: Food Assistance


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 and calm prevailed in Nairobi, Naivasha, Kakamega, Busia, Eldama Ravine, Mumias, Lodwar, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kericho, Iten, Karbarnet and Kapsabet towns.

However tension remained high in Trans Nzoia and Mt. Elgon district following military operations aimed at flushing out Saboat Land Defence Force Militiamen from Mt Elgon and Kabolet forests. Clashes were reported in Laikipia west in the central province. In Kipkelion and Molo, the IDPs are still living in great fear and cannot move outside their camps. They also feel that the discussions at the national level on peace and power sharing have not yielded much at the grassroots level.

At an inter-agency meeting held on 11th March in Eldoret, the humanitarian agencies unanimously agreed that transit camps will be necessary for ensuring smooth return of IDPs to their homes/farms and requested the government’s support. The IDPs are willing to return but this should be preceded with a dialogue and confidence building measures. Civil society actors are ready to facilitate the process but await direction from the government. In anticipation of rains and flooding there is need to prepare a drainage contingency plan.

The latest IDP number from KRC is 234,725 IDPs in 247 camps. 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, KRC, WFP, and partners jointly distributed 6,633mt 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.

Nyanza and Western Provinces

The fourth round distribution plan for 3,037 IDPs with 52mt of food is about to commence. This will cover 22 sites where proper verification has been done. A total of 446mt food has been distributed in the provinces from 9 Jan to 3 Mar 08.

Compilation of returnee’s registration is on going in Siaya and data is expected end of this week. Returnee caseload verification is also going on in Nyanza and Western province. Migori showground and Moi stadium transitory camp has been closed. A.C.K St. Stephen will follow suit once 24 families at this camp are resettled.

5mt of CSB requested by UNICEF was delivered to hospitals in Nyanza and western Kenya. Kisumu has a stock of 289mt food, which is quite sufficient to meet the needs of the current count of IDPs for several months.

North Rift

3rd Distribution Plan dispatches commenced on 26 Feb and are expected to finish on 20 March. As per the current caseload, an estimated 1,230mt of food will be distributed to 72,700 IDPs at 79 IDP sites in 10 districts. A total of 2,376mt food has been distributed in this province from 5 Jan to 3 Mar 08.

Distribution monitoring was undertaken at Matharu and ASK Showground Eldoret, and a separate visit to Naigam Police IDP camp. 2,776 IDPs received one-month full ration at Matharu, while 13,950 received two-week ration at Eldoret Showground. There were 4,200 IDPs at Naigam Police IDP center on 11th March. Over 2,000 people had returned to Geta Farm. Many have sought shelter with kins/neighbours while a few are camping at the local primary school where sanitation conditions are poor and inadequate. North Rift has a current food stock of 803mt.

South Rift / Central

91mt of food delivered to 8,375 IDPs in 18 camps in Nakuru, Molo, Kipkelion and Naivasha. IDP Verification exercise in Molo, Kipkelion and Nakuru North has brought the numbers down to 55,000 from 73,000. The figures are expected to decline further with more verification and registration in all the camps. The biggest challenge still remains with the hosted IDPs who comprise a big percentage in all the districts.

South Rift/Central has a current food stock of 368mt.

Nairobi

The third distribution plan commenced on 12th March 2008 with a dispatch of 57mt of assorted food commodities (Cereals, Pulses, Oil, HEB, and CSB) to 7 distribution sites. Actual food distributions at the sites were done on 13th March 2008.

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