Why millions of school kids in Kenya risk going hungry

Millions of school kids could go without food after....

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Over 1.5 million school children in arid and semi-arid areas risk dropping out of school after plans by the World Feeding Programme to stop funding feeding programs.

The scheme dubbed, Home Grown School Meals Programme, is progressively being handed to the government and will see WFP distance itself from the program in two years.

WFP faulted shortage of funds as one of the key reasons as to why it has been unable to sustain the feeding programme.

"We are gradually handing over the programme 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," said WFP deputy country director Paul Turnbull.

It is now over 30 years since the agency started providing funds for lunch to feed millions of children through various countries and organizations.

The government, through the Ministry of Education, will oversee the project once the hand over is complete.

WFP will however support the programme in Turkana throughout the whole of the current 2 term.

The rate of absenteeism in the county is among the highest in the country due to lack of food for learners in schools.

Turkana County Director Pius Ng’oma said that porridge should be given to the children to improve class attendance.

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