U.N. stops food aid to over half a million Nepalis

Published on 23 December 2009

The United Nations has been forced to stop feeding over half a million people in Nepal due to a critical funding shortfall caused by the financial downturn (..). "WFP food-for-work programmes have protected millions of poor Nepalis from hunger caused by drought, high food prices, rising insecurity and the economic crisis," Dominique Hyde, WFP's deputy country representative, told Reuters by phone from Kathmandu. "With the lean season approaching and Nepal facing one of its largest cereal deficits in a decade, WFP no longer has the funds to maintain this vital safety net."

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