by Daniel Ooko
NAIROBI, March 11 (Xinhua) -- The British government has announced 5.5 million pounds (about 7.5 million U.S. dollars) from its development agency, DFID, to fight starvation in Kenya.
A statement from the British High Commission in Kenya said visiting British Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander said the funds will be channeled through the World Food Program (WFP).
During his visit to Nairobi's Mathare slums on Wednesday, Alexander outlined the Britain's commitment to addressing the most urgent humanitarian needs in Kenya.
He noted that the new funding to WFP will ensure that those Kenyans most in need are targeted. The support announced on Wednesday is in addition to that announced in June 2008 by DFID of550 million shillings (U.S. dollars) to the WFP for emergency food aid operations.
"Kenyans hit by the food crisis urgently need our help. That is why I'm announcing this additional 5.5 million pounds support today. But we will only provide funding where it is sure to go to those most in need," Alexander said.
He also repeated calls for more transparency and better management in the maize sector and underlined the importance of tackling corruption allegations.
"In particular Britain supports Kenyan calls for greater transparency over the handling of grain prices, importation of maize and tenders for procurement of services," Alexander said.