WFP needs over $54 million to continue operations in HaitiListen /
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it needs $54 million to continue its programmes to help fight hunger in Haiti.
WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, concluded a three-day visit to the Caribbean country on Wednesday.
During her first visit to Haiti, she met with some of the children who receive a hot meal a day at school, including milk that WFP buys from a local dairy.
Ms. Cousin confirmed that WFP is committed to continuing to support Haiti in finding sustainable solutions to hunger and malnutrition.
UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.
"During her first visit to Haiti, Ms Cousin met with President Michel Martelly. They resolved to work together to expand sustainable programmes, linking school feeding and education with reinforced local production. However, a significant reduction in donor contributions threatens the Programme's ability to respond. The World Food Programme in Haiti is at a critical point and requires US$54.6 million to keep programmes operating through this year." (Duration: 28")
WFP warns that if funds are not found, the number of children receiving school meals will have to be reduced from 1.1 million to 685,000.