WFP Head Warns Global Food Aid Demand Outpacing Resources

News outlets report on warnings from the World Food Programme that worldwide demand for food aid is overwhelming its resources.

Associated Press: U.N. says there’s unprecedented demand for food aid
“The World Food Programme’s top official said it’s unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half a dozen major crises in addition to helping the largest number of refugees in the world since World War II. Ertharin Cousin said in an interview Monday with the Associated Press that the number of people who need food aid continues to grow, and the demands are overwhelming the donor community which has been ‘incredibly generous,’ led by the United States which has given WFP $1.6 billion…” (Lederer, 9/22).

New York Times: U.N. Food Program Warns of Cuts to Its Relief Efforts
“Just months after a United Nations Security Council resolution pressed Syria to open several of its border crossings to humanitarian aid convoys, money has dried up and allotments of grain and lentils are set to shrink significantly next month, the head of the World Food Programme said Monday…” (Sengupta, 9/22).