Food aid and voucher cuts to affect nearly one million displaced Iraqis

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Lack of funds forces WFP to halve its food rations to displaced Iraqis. Photo: UNAMI

Lack of funds has forced the World Food Programme (WFP) to reduce its food aid to nearly one million displaced people in Iraq.

Monthly food parcels distributed to families will be cut by half, while food vouchers will drop from US$26 to US$16, the agency said on Monday.

The move will affect displaced families living outside camps while those in camps will continue to receive full rations.

Dianne Penn reports.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said its Iraq operation requires more than US$78 million to continue assisting displaced people through the end of the year. 

At the moment it is 61 per cent underfunded.

WFP said it has prioritized funding to focus on those internally displaced people who are most in need.

The agency recognized that families living outside camps are experiencing "tough conditions."

Forty per cent of these households, or two out of five, do not have enough food or money to buy food items.

However, WFP said it had to make what it described as "this difficult decision" to stretch resources until it receives more funds.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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