WFP to cut Afghan food programmes

Afghan boy

Afghan boy

Millions of Afghans may go without food assistance as the UN World Food Programme(WFP) cuts back on its support due to a shortage of funds.

WFP says its current funding level was only sufficient to support 3.8 million people in Afghanistan out of an initial 7.3 million people who were in need to food assistance.

The agency says requires an additional 220 million dollars, this year to continue its work in Afghanistan at the level originally planned. 

Among the food aid prgrammes that are to be scaled down include the school feeding programme which WFP says has been crucial in boosting school enrolment. 

Challiss McDonough is WFP's spokesperson in Afghanistan.

 "We are having to scale back on some of those activities so that we can make sure we are using the resources that we have to continue the kind of support that is truly life saving. We are continuing our support for malnourished mothers and children under five, while trying to keep support for families that have been affected by conflict and natural disasters. The programmes that are being scaled back, while they are very important and helping Afghanistan work towards greater food security in the future we do not have resources to do what we had hoped to do this year." 

WFP says at least half of Afghanistan's 34 districts are to be affected by the cuts in food assistance.

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