Relief Cash Transfer Programme – Chakula kwa Jamii
The Government used cash transfer strategy in humanitarian response for the first time in 2017, when drought was declared a National Disaster. The aim was to allow the food insecure people to make their own choices as they buy their own food, thereby allowing them dignity as you provide relief assistance.
The programme covered 13 Counties in ASALs, benefitting about 244,401 households worth approximately Kshs.2 billion. The 13 Counties were Kilifi, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Makueni, Kitui, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Baringo, Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia and West Pokot. Whereby each household/beneficiary received Ksh.3,049 in arid Counties while those in semi-arid received Ksh.2,327 per month for three months in FY 2017/18. Mobile money was used as the quickest mode of transfer to reach the beneficiaries in good time since the situation was emergency in nature. As a result, no lives were lost to drought during this period and the benefits of the cash transfer were far reaching with beneficiaries not only buying their own food but also engaging in activities geared towards building their resilience.
The World Food Programme provided technical and financial assistance in the implementation of programme.
Short and long rains Assessment Reports