Ruto Meets Development Partners Over Drought

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President William Ruto, on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, chaired a government and development partners meeting on the management of the drought situation in the country at State House, Nairobi.

The meeting was also attended by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Government representatives.

During the meeting, President Ruto welcomed the contribution of development partners to fight famine in the country.

"Aware of the fact that this is the worst drought in four decades, we must step up, create synergy, marshal more resources and adopt a more coordinated, real-time, and targeted intervention that will guarantee assistance to the vulnerable people in drought-affected areas," Ruto said.

The meeting came two days after he flagged off a consignment of 20,000 bags of rice, 20,000 bags of beans, cooking oil, and assorted animal feed to various counties affected by the drought.

Twenty-three Arid and Semi-Arid counties are worst affected by the drought occasioned by the poor performance of the short 2021 rainy season combined with the previous two failed consecutive seasons and the early termination of the long 2022 rainy season.

They include Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir. Others are Embu, Kajiado, Kilifi, Kitui, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi and West Pokot.

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