- In a press release, USAID said the amount will allow its partners to meet the urgent needs of approximately 1.3 million people across Kenya.
- The announcement comes following a three-day official visit of First Lady Jill Biden.
The government will receive up to Sh15,978,060,000 from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for food assistance.
Over four million Kenyans have been affected by the ongoing drought.
In a press release, USAID said the amount will allow its partners to meet the urgent needs of approximately 1.3 million people across Kenya.
"USAID will provide emergency food items such as sorghum, maize, yellow split peas, and vegetable oil for families living in areas where local markets are not functioning," the statement read.
Further, the agency said its partners will provide cash-based assistance for families to purchase food staples, which will, in turn, support local economies.
"USAID will also support programs to prevent and treat child malnutrition, as more than 970,000 children ages five and younger are acutely malnourished across the country," the agency said.
The announcement comes following a three-day official visit of First Lady Jill Biden.
President William Ruto has since thanked the agency for its generosity to very deserving people suffering due to drought.
Through his official Twitter account, Ruto said the government is focused on harvesting to enhance food and livestock production to manage climate change.
"On behalf of the people of Kenya, my profound gratitude to the government for this generous support to very deserving people suffering the worst drought due to 4 years consecutive failed rains," he tweeted.