Food aid halted in Niger for children over two because of fund shortfall

Published on 17 August 2010

THE UNITED Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to make an “agonising” decision in Niger, the country worst hit by the West Africa food crisis, and suspend food aid to families with children over the age of two because of a huge funding shortfall. According to Gianluca Ferrera, deputy country director for the WFP in Niger, acute malnutrition rates stood at 16.7 per cent of children between the ages of three and five years, above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent. (..) “We had planned to distribute 75,000 tonnes of food in August and September but because of limited resources can only hand out 42,000,” he told The Irish Times.

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