Funding Shortfall Imperils WFP Work in Horn of Africa

A man carries a sack of food aid provided by the World Food Programme in Kenya. WFP is appealing for more funds to continue assisting more than 5 million people in drough-affected countries in Horn of Africa. Photo by: Marcus Prior

The World Food Program is appealing for more funds in order to continue assisting more than 5 million drought-affected people in five countries in the Horn of Africa.

The agency is facing a funding shortfall that will hamper its efforts to deliver food aid where it is most needed, according to WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, who is currently on a fact-finding mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

“WFP so far has 44 per cent of the resources it needs to feed 5.22 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and the Karamoja region of eastern Uganda from April through September,” Sheeran said.

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