Facing $1B Funding Shortfall, WFP Scales Back Projects In Some Countries

News outlets report on funding shortages at the World Food Programme, which are causing the U.N. organization to scale back operations in some countries.

Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post: U.N. World Food Programme scales back projects to feed the hungry
“The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling back projects in a number of countries as it confronts a US$1 billion funding shortfall, with costs mounting for missions such as Syria, its director said yesterday…” (2/3).

Associated Press: World Food Programme can’t meet demand in Syria
“Aid agencies have been overwhelmed by demand for food in Syria, with thousands surviving without a regular supply of nourishment for more than a year because of civil war in the Middle Eastern country, a United Nations official said…” (McGuirk, 2/2).

Humanosphere: WFP Struggles Under Financial Weight of Food Crises
“Funding shortages have led the World Food Programme to announce cuts to food rations in countries including Haiti, Kenya, Mali and Niger. The U.N. organization says it needs an extra $1 billion to meet the food needs of people around the world…” (Murphy, 2/3).