The United Nations report that claims more than half of food aid delivered to Somalia fell into the hands of rebel fighters, among others, made the World Food Program the target of criticisms and debate in the past few days. Jason McLure of Newsweek said this aid diversion scandal is only the tip of WFP’s problems. In Ethiopia, McLure wrote, only 12 percent of intended food aid overseen by the agency was delivered. WFP, he added, is engaged with transportation contracts with companies allegedly owned by Ethiopia’s increasingly authoritarian ruling party.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, McLure noted that the agency’s shipping and trucking expenditure to deliver food aid was up to three times more expensive than commercial shipping rates, McLure quoted a Fox News analysis of the issue. WFP maintains a USD1.2 billion relief program in the conflict-torn country worth USD1.2 billion.