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WFP voucher programme 'severely underfunded'

June 7 - 2015 KHARTOUM

The funding for cash and voucher assistance by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a severe shortfall.

WFP estimates the extent of this funding shortfall at almost $24.8 million, including $18.4 million in transfer value for the next six months.

A complete break in funding is anticipated from July onwards, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan stated in its weekly bulletin last week.

In response, WFP has already halted a number of expansion plans and will likely cut rations in some locations for the month of June.

If no urgent funds are mobilised however, WFP may have to further disrupt the voucher distribution cycle with more extensive ration cuts or even complete suspension of the programme. This puts almost 500,000 people, mostly displaced, at risk of receiving no voucher assistance from September onwards.

WFP is urgently requesting donors to make available any additional funds to prevent closure of the programme, OCHA reported.


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