WFP cuts food aid to Sudan due to funding gap

KHARTOUM— The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday announced the reduction of its food aid to Sudan due to lack of funding.

Reducing the WFP aid to the Sudanese affects life-saving treatment and increases the risk of malnutrition and potential mortality among 50 percent of the 1.7 million severely malnourished children, the WFP said in a press release.

The WFP indicated that it needs nearly 7 million U.S. dollars to continue its activities as usual until the end of this year.

The UN body said the lack of funds has also forced it to provide services to only about 6 percent of the Sudanese students included in its school feeding program.

In June, the WFP warned that 15 million people in Sudan, or one-third of the country’s population, were facing acute food insecurity.