World Bank Helping Kenya Withstand Drought (Google / VOA)

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World Bank to Contribute Millions to Help Kenya Withstand Drought

Mike Onyiego | Nairobi

In response to the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa, the World Bank is planning to provide Kenya with tens of millions of dollars to improve the country’s defenses against future droughts.

The drought and famine currently rippling through east Africa has shown no signs of slowing.  With governments, businesses and people around the world ramping up relief efforts, the World Bank has also decided to intervene.

A team of technical experts on emergency disaster recovery recently wrapped up a mission to assess the needs of the people and governments of East Africa.  The team reviewed the humanitarian situation, the efforts to alleviate the situation, and the various drought prevention mechanisms already in place.

After concluding the mission, the World Bank has announced it will contribute $39 million to help fill gaps it found in the various drought and famine response efforts.  Johannes Zutt is the World Bank Country Director for Kenya and Somalia.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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