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Funding Shortage Hampering WFP Efforts In Mauritania, Where Women, Children, Malian Refugees Most Affected By Food Insecurity

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Women, children, refugees bear brunt of Mauritania food crisis
“…Droughts have reduced the availability of nutritious food, and widespread poverty — one in four Mauritanians live on less than $1.25 per day — means many cannot afford to eat healthily, according to WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. … Cousin spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation after visiting Malian refugees in Mauritania’s Mbera camp, where a shortage of donor funding this year has forced the WFP to cut food aid, halving or cancelling rice rations in some months…” (Guilbert, 10/21).

VOA News: U.N. Agency: Hundreds of Thousands Need Food in Mauritania
“…The agency says it urgently needs $11 million to assist the country. … Unfortunately, WFP coffers are almost empty. Spokeswoman Bettina Luescher told VOA the agency has only enough money to provide school lunches to impoverished children for two months…” (Schlein, 10/20).

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