World Food Programme (WFP) Reveals it Will No Longer Fund School Feeding Programme

  • The Ministry of Education has been put on notice after the World Food Programme (WFP) declared that it would be halting the school feeding program.

    According to WFP deputy country director Paul Turnbull, the agency will halt funding for a program that has been supplying meals to over 1.5 million school children in arid and semi-arid areas in the next two years.

    Turnbull stated that the home-grown school meals Programme was gradually being handed over to the government.

    “We are gradually handing over the program to the government county by county, especially in arid and semi-arid regions. Samburu and Isiolo have already been handed over with Taita Taveta being next," Turnbull disclosed.

    He revealed that in the next two years, the UN agency will fully dissociate itself from the program.

    The World Food Programme blamed its decision on the shortage of funds disclosing that it was forced to discontinue after failing to sustain the provision of meals in the schools.

    The announcement came hours after another authority, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) wrote to the Kenyan Government, stating that the US would no longer fund or offer direct assistance to the Ministry of Health.

    USAID’s Kenya and East Africa Contracting Officer Brian Woody stated that the Ministry had failed to meet unspecified conditions from the US government and the agency.

    A statement by US ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec blamed the decision on graft and massive irregularities.

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