UN needs $20m for region's poor

Published on 31 March 2011

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has called on the region's companies to provide US$20 million (Dh73.4m) in aid to feed the poor affected by unrest in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. At a discussion organised by PepsiCo in Dubai, the WFP country director for Egypt, Gianpietro Bordignon, said the agency needed $49m to help battle hunger in North Africa but had only $29m.(..)"We go in and do an assessment to see who's got the greatest need," said Monica Marshall, the global head of private partnerships. "It's an initial situation because it's such a chaotic situation."

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