Govt to form inter ministerial joint team to oversee hunger crisis...

Govt to form inter ministerial joint team to oversee hunger crisis in the country

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A little boy on top of a tree in search for world fruits in Bamba. Hunger has become extreme in the area and thousands of residents in Ganze and Magarini are at risk. PHOTO: DAVID NGUMBAO.

Nairobi, KENYA: The government is moving with speed to form  an inter ministerial joint team which will oversee hunger crisis which is rocking some parts of the country especially the coast.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Friday, Devolution and Planning cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, said that an agreement was reached after a meeting held on Thursday involving various ministries.

He added that it was agreed upon to form the inter ministerial team which will determine and identify gaps in the current drought interventions; to enable a comprehensive response.

The inter-ministerial joint team entails the Ministry of National Treasury, Ministry of interior and National Coordination , Devolution and Planning, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Water and Irrigation and ministry of Environment and Water resources.

The team is expected to  meet in a week’s time to take appropriate action following the recommendations reached upon.

“The team will identify and scale up investment in the medium and long term resilience ‘ building interventions to avoid recurrence of food insecurity and loss of livelihoods as a result of drought.The government will quickly reach out to county governments to take up similar initiatives.”Kiunjuri said.

Kiunjuri’s sentiments were echoed by his counterpart , the Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich who said that inter ministerial team is a key factor in ascertaining the amount of money required, areas which are adversely affected and the number of people in need of relief food.

For the past few months, the national and county governments employed steadfast mechanisms by providing foodstuffs,cash transfers, health and water related services especially to Kilifi county which didn’t stabilize the deteriorating situation.

In August 2016, the government released sh. 250 million to the state department of special programmes for emergency relief food, of which sh. 54 million has been utilized for the affected counties.

Kiunjuri added that the government has initiated five boreholes especially in Magarini and Ganze in Kilifi county where four bore holes have been drilled adding that sh. 90 million has been set aside to extend water projects in the area.

He pointed that sh. 75 million has been set aside to assist farmers in Kilifi to irrigate their farms so as to stabilize agriculture sector in the next season.

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He further said that 15 water pans have been distributed to 15 coastal constituencies to serve coastal residents in resolving water menace in the region.