Government cleaning up the HSNP data in ASAL counties

The government has embarked in an exercise aimed at generating a firm list of the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) beneficiaries in ASAL areas.

Outgoing Marsabit county commissioner Evans Achoki said the exercise was a mop-up to cleanse the list of beneficiaries in counties that receive monthly stipends from the government.

Speaking in Laisamis during a monitoring visit, Achoki disclosed that firming up of the list of beneficiaries in the pilot counties of Marsabit, Wajir, Turkana and Mandera in the next two months would open avenue for the government to bring on board other ASAL counties that were left out in 2017.

The county commissioner said that the government intends to enhance the building of resilience and strong economic activities among residents in the climatically challenged regions in the second phase of the HSNP.

Accompanied by the local National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) county coordinator Henry Mustafa, he said the programme had recharged hopes of many vulnerable households especially during these hard economic times occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme is also expected to substitute the provision of relief food distribution which for a long time could not assist in providing a solution to the dire issue of food insufficiency in ASAL areas.

Through HSNP, the government takes care of four vulnerable groups in society in the counties under the pilot programme that include orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), people living with disabilities (PWLDs) and the elderly.