William Lambers: Hike funding now to avoid more famines

Published on 16 April 2012

The Sahel region of Africa is today suffering from drought and conflict. (..) The World Food Program (WFP), which relies on voluntary donations, lacks funding for this crisis. Denise Brown, the WFP director in Niger, says, "We do not have enough resources, cash or food, to cover the lean season." (..) On top of conflict, a drought has hit South Sudan. WFP says nearly 5 million people are suffering from hunger. (..) In Afghanistan, while donations from the U.S. and others have helped rescue the country from last year's massive drought, a $362 million relief and recovery operation by the WFP remains only 10 percent funded. (..) If we act now, we can save millions of lives in these areas.

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