Saudi Arabia Donates Dates Worth US$ 671,000
Published on 31 May 2012

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Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Kenya Ghorm Said Malhan handsover dates to the WFP Kenya country director Ronald Sibanda WFP/Rose Ogola

The World Food Programme (WFP) in Kenya has received dates worth US$ 671,000 (about Ksh 56 million) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the refugees in Kakuma and Dadaab camps. The 200 metric tonnes (mt) are part of a 4,000 mt donation of dates to WFP programmes in various countries.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is pleased to support WFP in the fight against hunger and commends the organisation for the support it is giving to people who need food assistance,” said Ambassador Ghorm Said Malhan during a handover ceremony at the WFP offices at the end of May..

Thanking the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their support, WFP Country Director Ronald Sibanda pointed out that, for the last four years, the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have donated dates to refugees in Kenya each year.

“The WFP food basket normally consists of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and salt, so the refugees in Kenya always look forward to having the dates as they provide additional variety and dietary diversity,” he said.

WFP has been providing food assistance to refugees in Kenya since 1991 when the first camp was set up in Kakuma. There are currently some 580,000 refugees in both Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps getting food assistance from WFP.

Since the beginning of this year, Kakuma has been receiving an increased number of refugees, mainly from Sudan and South Sudan. Due to the growing numbers, WFP continuously faces the challenge of ensuring that there are enough resources to provide food assistance to the growing population.

For more information please contact (email address:
Rose Ogola, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254.20.7622301, Mob. +254.707 722 161