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"Many children have dropped out of school because of hunger," Gachagua. 

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua now says many children have dropped out of school because of hunger. 

Speaking at the Port of Mombasa when he received 25,000MT of wheat and 16,000MT of sorghum from Ukraine, Mr Gachagua spoke of an urgent need for more support to the school meals programme to help keep children from drought and famine affected areas in school.

"Many children have dropped out of school because of hunger. I am sending a special appeal to our partners to chip in and support the school meal programme so we can secure the future of these children," Gachagua stated. 

DP Rigathi Gachagua in Mombasa 

He added, "While the World Food Programme has committed to supporting us in resource mobilisation to reach more children, we appeal to other partners to join us in keeping the children in school. It is one of the ways of securing their future." 

Currently, at least 5.4 million Kenyans are facing starvation while more than 2.6 million livestock has died.

The Deputy President said the government has set aside about Sh23.8 billion for diverse mitigation measures including water trucking, cash and food transfers, livestock feeds, among others between April and October 2023.