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 USAID Food for Peace provides food commodities to refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya.
USAID Food for Peace provides food commodities to refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya.
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In partnership with the UN and local partners, including national and county government authorities, USAID responds to humanitarian assistance needs in Kenya.  Together, we support the most vulnerable populations and try to build resilience.  In Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands, USAID supports food-insecure people by providing cash or food in exchange for work on productive community assets.  Projects improve community infrastructure, such as local roads or irrigation systems, building local capacity and increasing long-term, sustainable food security.  We also provide specially-formulated therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition.  USAID is also responsive during times of crisis.  

We provide emergency food assistance and therapeutic foods to refugee populations and host communities in Kenya. When natural or man-made disasters strike, we provide humanitarian assistance in the form of emergency health and nutrition services, safe drinking water, hygiene kits, and other relief items.  Working in a facilitative role, USAID provides assistance to strengthen systems and build capacity for effective disaster preparedness, and response and risk management. This lays the foundation for effective transition and eventual handover of direct service delivery to local government. 


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Last updated: June 03, 2021

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