• Ambassador Maksimychev says the support is an expression of solidarity of the Russian people with the people of Kenya.
• Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau welcomed the gesture, saying it goes a long way in supporting the Big Four priorities.
The government of Russia has announced a voluntary contribution of $1 million (Sh100 million) to the UN World Food Programme for food assistance to Kenya.
The WFP will coordinate with the Kenyan authorities the distribution of food supplies to reach families most in need of assistance.
"This support is an expression of solidarity of the Russian people with the people of Kenya. It will contribute to the achievement by Kenya of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Government of Kenya’s Big Four Agenda in food security," said Dmitry Maksimychev, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Kenya.
It also reflects the spirit of the recent Russia–Africa Summit, he added.
Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau said Kenya welcomes the cooperation and support of the Russian Federation. "And particularly that this support and cooperation is in line with the Big Four priorities of the President targeting food security. This especially welcome given that it came so soon after the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, which President Kenyatta attended."
The current floods have amplified the effects of drought experienced in the earlier part of the year, which affected at least 10 counties, mostly in northern and Northeastern Kenya and rendered about 3.1 million people food insecure.
"I would like to deeply appreciate the Government of Russia for this support to the people of Kenya through the United Nations World Food Programme. We stand with the people of Kenya and remain committed to relieving those suffering from hunger,” UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee said following the announcement by Ambassador Maksimychev.
Chatterjee said that in this age, no Kenyan should suffer from hunger and pledged that the UN Kenya Country Team will continue to offer support to transform the country into a food basket for the region and the rest of the world.