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WFP Warns of Possible Food Crisis in Kenya

The World Food Program says without new donations Kenya will soon be hit by a humanitarian disaster. “Since our last appeal in December, we have received very little against the (country’s) growing needs,” says WFP executive director James Morris.

Kenya country director Tesema Negash says stocks are low and insufficient for February, despite months of appeals for contributions: “We are in the midst of an emergency.”

A WFP spokesman, Peter Smerdon, told Voice of America reporter Angel Tabe the organization cannot maintain the drought emergency operation it began in 2004. “We just don’t have the funds or the food to feed 2.5 million people. In fact, we are going to run out within February for the 1.2 million that we are feeding now.”

Smerdon makes an urgent appeal for donations to feed the millions at risk: “We have been sounding an alarm since several months, but donor contributions are slow… We are not sure of the reason, but we need the funds now.” He says cash donations would buy food quickly, while donations of food would take more time to reach the neediest.