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Aid cut as WFP faces funding shortfall

With a budget deficit of US$3 billion, WFP has been forced to cut food aid (WFP/Marcus Prior)
With a budget deficit of US$3 billion, WFP has been forced to cut food aid
WFP/Marcus Prior

The World Food Programme was aiming to feed 108 million hungry people in 74 countries in 2009, but with a budget deficit of US$3 billion food aid is being cut. Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director, has called this shortfall "dangerous and unprecedented." The UN agency was aiming to feed five million Bangladeshis affected by high food prices, but this has now been reduced to 1.4 million. In Guatemala a nutrition programme that is assisting approximately 100,000 children under five and 50,000 pregnant and lactating mothers could be suspended. And WFP will be cutting the amount of food that they are providing to 3.2 million Kenyans, who live in arid and semi-arid areas, despite the failure of the long rains. WFP flights, which carry aid workers to remote locations, are also likely to be grounded. The air service in Ivory Coast has already been cut, and Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are also under threat.

Date published: September 2009

 

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