Citizens of Djibouti Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Somalia and Uganda will benefit from the United Nations Word food Programme, UNWFP, $214 million lifeline to millions in 16 countries hit hard by high food and fuel prices. The fund will provide critical assistance by providing life-saving food rations to highly vulnerable groups in the countries involved, school-aged children, including pregnant women and young children whose children whose mental and physical development is at stake.
UNWFP also aims to expand food aid urban areas hardest hit by high food prices, including through cash and vouchers, and to support small farmers and markets in countries where the agency will purchase food assistance locally, through the initiative.” With hunger on the rise, we are doing our best to stream incoming contributions to the people most in need in Africa, Asia the Caribean. It is essential to launch a bold new set of responses to stem a full-blown hunger cand nutritional crisis,” Josette Sheeran, WFP’S Executive Director said.
He noted that impoverished familie that already spend more than 60 per cent of their invcome on food are eating less, buying less nutritious foods, cutting out education and healthcare, and taking on more debt.
As a result of the rise in food prices, WFP’S budget to reach 90 million people worldwide in 2008 has risen from $3.1 billion to nearly $6 billion.