Funding Gap Forces WFP to Cut Food Rations in Sa'ada

    With a USD24 million funding gap, the World Food Program is forced to make the tough choice of decreasing its food rations for the Sa’ada governorate in Yemen. Photo by: Atheer Najim / WFP

    With a nearly 70 percent deficit in needed funding for 2010, the World Food Program said it is forced to slash food rations for displaced people in Yemen’s Sa’ada governorate starting May 1, a United Nations news release indicates.

    WFP said it lacks another USD24 million to sustain its work in the area.

    Internally displaced people in the governorate will only receive an average of 1,040 kilocalories per person per day, rather than the required 2,100 kilocalories per person daily. WFP, according to the news release, consulted the Yemeni government regarding its decision to halve food allowance, which it said is needed to guarantee availability of food supplies through August.

    The agency, however, plans to preserve the levels for IDP children under the age of 5, who number as many as 50,000, up to the end of August.

    According to the news release, the relief effort in Sa’ada mirrors the broader struggle of WFP in Yemen. The agency only has 25 percent of its required funding in 2010, putting food aid for more than 3.4 million refugees, malnourished children, pregnant mothers and other needy groups at risk. 

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