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WFP lacks funds to feed 7.3m Afghans

WFP lacks funds to feed 7.3m Afghans

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Apr 15, 2011 - 18:12

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The Worldinfo-icon Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said it lacked $257 million to provide food aid for millions of Afghans, calling on the international community for early donations.

Food aid for 7.3 million Afghans was endangered by a lack of donations, the WFP office in Kabul said. It said the programme needed an amount of $257 to assist Afghans facing hunger and economic problems.

The UN agency said a number of donors provided it donations each year, but this time there was a deficit of $257 million that represented half of its Afghan aid budget. The programme could collapse within a few weeks, it warned.

WFP Afghanistaninfo-icon Director Louis Imbleau, noting that supplies of wheat were particularly short, appealed for more generous assistance. Millions of schoolchildren would be affected if the WFP school meal programme was curtailed, he said.

If the required money was not provided, they would suspend monthly assistance to five-year-old children from the current 62,000 to 40,000.

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