The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is supporting Church World Service with a three-month humanitarian response project in Maikona and Korr/Ngurunit wards in Marsabit County, Kenya.
Close to 90% of the population in Marsabit County has been affected by drought. Livelihoods have been ravaged, including massive numbers of camel deaths which are typically very resilient to drought. An unprecedented fifth consecutive rainfall failure and warmer-than-usual temperatures have accelerated the depletion of rangeland and water resources. Household food needs are not being met.
With limited food availability, market disruptions, and loss of livelihoods, the hunger situation is expected to increase. Marsabit county has been designated as IPC 4 (emergency levels) since October 2022. Nationally, over 5.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
As a continuation of previous food responses in Marsabit, CWS will provide a further three months of food basket transfers to 2,000 households (12,000 individuals). The monthly household food basket will consist of 50 kg of maize meal, 10 kg of beans, 3 litres of cooking oil and 0.5 kg of iodized salt. In addition, households with pregnant and lactating women and/or elderly who are extremely affected by the drought (approximately 50% or 1,000 households) will also receive a monthly ration of 5 kg of corn-soya blend (CSB). A total of 300 mt of maize meal, 60 mt of beans, 18,000 litres of oil, 3 mt of salt, and 15 mt of CSB will be provided over the three-month project.