NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Chinese community residing in Kenya on Friday donated 144 tonnes
of cooking oil, maize and wheat flour to boost humanitarian
interventions for drought victims in nine Kenyan counties.
The Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association, in collaboration
with the Chinese Embassy in Kenya and the Kenya Overseas Chinese
Association, extended the donation worth 160,000 U.S. dollars in aid
of Kenya’s national drought relief campaign.
Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony for the food donation by
Chinese nationals, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Devolution and
Planning Josephta Mukobe lauded Beijing for timely response to the
country’s drought which has affected an estimated 3 million people.
“We appreciate the kind gesture by Chinese community toward people
affected by drought. It is my hope that we will continue to
cooperate not just in drought intervention but also in technology
and other areas that can help the country develop,” Mukobe said.
Mukobe noted that the Chinese community living in Kenya was quick to
respond to a presidential appeal for emergency food aid for drought
She added that Kenya is ready to borrow expertise from China to find
long-term solution to recurrent droughts that are linked to climate
“Our relationship should be a two way traffic, Kenya can learn some
lessons from China on how to deal with drought and China can also
pick some lessons from our experience on the issue,” said Mukobe.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa and executives from the
Chinese companies operating in Kenya attended the flagging-off
ceremony for the latest food donation.
Chinese firms and nationals living in Kenya have made a series of
food donations to Kenya’s drought victims in line with the spirit of
solidarity and friendship.
Liu said China is committed to lending material and technical
assistance to enable Kenya and other African countries deal with
drought and other natural disasters effectively.
“China is always willing to share its experience and knowhow with
African brothers, helping you to develop modern agriculture, upgrade
your anti-disaster facilities and build your capacity,” said Liu.
He added that China will lend support toward development of
irrigation, water and grain storage infrastructure in Kenya in a bid
to tackle the country’s growing food insecurity for the long haul.
The Chinese government in March announced donation of 21,366 tonnes
of rice, worth 21.8 million U.S. dollars, to alleviate hunger and
malnutrition among Kenya’s drought victims. Liu said earlier that
the rice would be shipped to Kenya soon and would support 1.4
million drought-affected people for one month.
Liu disclosed the Chinese government has also contributed 5 million
dollars through the World Food Program to Somali and South Sudanese
refugees in Kenya.