Millions faced with famine as drought dims food output
By George Omondi
Monday, January 17 2011
The government faces a fresh challenge of reorganising its spending priorities to raise money for feeding up to two million people facing starvation in the ravaging drought, which relief agencies predict could worsen in the coming months.
The Cabinet last week sent out a team of permanent secretaries on a fact-finding mission aimed at gathering data on the country’s food outlook as relief agencies stepped up an appeal for money to cater for five million people believed to be in need of help.
The Special Programmes ministry whose docket includes emergencies estimates that five million people have inadequate food, while the Red Cross and UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) say between 1.8 million 1.2 million face starvation.