PRESS RELEASE: Contribution of Cash Transfer to enhance food and nutrition security in Kenya.
- It promotes production of drought tolerant crops for enhanced food security at household level
- It promotes the value of Village Savings and Loans Associations as an emergency kitty during the drought period
- It supports business in the local economy
26tt March 2018, Nairobi, Kenya: World Vision Kenya believes that every child and family has the right to enough nutritious food each day in order to live a healthy life. Meeting immediate food needs helps free vulnerable households from having to devote their time and energy to secure the most basic components of their diet so that their children become more highly educated, cared for and protected.
“To ensure children and families do not have to go to bed hungry, World Vision Kenya has been implementing Cash Transfer Programming in Kenya since October 2011.” says World Vision Kenya National Director Francois Batalingaya.
Our main focus in World Vision is to ensure that all beneficiaries identified and selected receive mobile payments to support them to have access to food at the household level. When used appropriately, cash transfers continues to enhance dignity, choice, diet diversity and boost the local economy to benefit both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries.
“Cash transfer also gives beneficiaries a variety of choice of food and enables them to spend less time to access food. The program provides an emergency kitty during the drought period and emergencies.” says Mr. Batalingaya.
With immense donor support and funding from World Food Program, the Cash Transfer Programming has been rolled out by World Vision Kenya in10 counties benefiting over 712, 202 households. Comparative studies has indicated that transferring cash is less costly than distributing food. It costs 30 to 50% less than intercontinental shipments, and five to 10 percent less than locally procured foods.
As a child focussed organization we have seen the value of climate smart initiatives such as conservative water initiatives such as drip irrigation, use of farm ponds, shed nets, green houses at households level for increased production of high value crops. We have seen great impact in supporting irrigation development close to over 800 hectares to promote income and food security at household level, in Baringo and Taita Taveta county.
World Vision encourages enhancement of large scale irrigation and promotion of drought tolerant crops to drive food and nutrition security in Kenya. We call for the enactment of food security bill 2014 and legislation to stimulate water harvesting across the country.
World Vision will continue to support the Governments initiative to improve food and nutrition security in Kenya and work towards ensuring its success together with other development partners.
About World Vision Kenya
World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organisation, dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice.
World Vision is the leading NGO implementing cash transfer programmes to enhance food security. Currently, World Vision is using this innovative modality in 21 countries, across the Middle East, East Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Asia and Latin America.
We have partnered with communities, the Government, sponsors, donors and corporates to realise our global strategy, Our Promise 2030: Building Brighter Futures for Vulnerable Children. World Vision Kenya has a vast program reach in Kenya, with Area Programs (APs) - long-term development programs, spread across 35 counties, nationwide.
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