Amid Funding Woes, WFP May Cut Rations in Central African Republic

A food distribution site supported by the World Food Program in Ndim, Central African Republic. The WFP may cut its feeding program in CAR due to funding shortfall. Photo by: Marcus Prior / WFP

Without new funding, the World Food Program may be forced to cut its feeding project in the Central African Republic.

The United Nations agency needs to close a USD15 million financing gap in the next eight months to help provide food aid to some 600,000 people in the northern part of the African nation.

“The additional needs stretched our resources to the limit,” said WFP country director for CAR, Sitta Kai-Kai. “If funds are not available in the next two months, we will have to reduce rations for some of the 100,000 refugees and displaced and even entirely suspend food assistance for others.”

If no new financing is tapped by October, rations would be reduced for some 150,000 children receiving school meals, 17,000 acutely malnourished children and 15,000 pregnant and nursing mothers being assisted at nutrition centers, WFP said.

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