Why don’t you teach them to grow their own food ? It’s about time !

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In January 2015, Nyachot displays a handful of maize grains that form part of the food ration she receives in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, where she lives with her four children. Photo: UNHCR/I. Charnetski

We have the successful methods and techniques to help them to their own vitamin-rich, fresh food.  What are we waiting for ?

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that starting next Monday, half a million refugees in two sprawling refugee camps in Kenya will receive 30 per cent less food due to shortage of funds for relief operations.

WFP said it is temporarily reducing the size of rations at the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in northern Kenya as the only way to make its supplies last longer. The agency says that the ration cuts could continue at least through September, unless new funds become available very quickly.

This is the second time in just over six months a shortage of funds is forcing WFP to reduce the size of food rations for refugees living in the camps – most of whom come from Somalia and South Sudan.

“We are very worried about how this cut may affect the people who rely on our assistance,”said Thomas Hansson, WFP’s Acting Country Director for Kenya.

“But our food stocks are running out, and reducing the size of rations is the only way to stretch our supplies to last longer. We hope that this is only a temporary measure and we continue to appeal to the international community to assist.”

The agency said it is currently struggling to raise $39.4 million to cover shortfalls through January next year, of which $12.4 million is urgently required to avoid a critical food gap in August and September.

Read the full article: UN News Centre


MY COMMENT (Willem Van Cotthem)

Why do you ignore the successes booked with simple, cheap, effective techniques and methods to help these poor people to ways and means to produce their own fresh food ?  Is it simply because you want to save your own jobs, like I was told by one of yours ?


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Willem Van Cotthem

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