The World Food Program, a program run by the United Nations, says a funding crisis is forcing them to reduce aid including food and financial support to millions of people in various countries.
The ongoing shortfall, which has seen donations drop by half, comes as hunger reaches unprecedented levels. The World Food Program has received only about 5 billion Dollars this year, half of the anticipated 10 to 14 billion Dollars.
Carl Skau, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Program says 38 out of 86 countries where WFP operates are experiencing or will soon experience aid cuts, including Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and west Africa.
Skau attributes the growing humanitarian needs to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and their global impact, and warns of an even bleaker 2024. He’s now calling on world leaders to invest in long-term solutions to conflicts, poverty, development, and other underlying causes of the current crisis.