Wednesday, April 23, 2008

MAJOR AID GROUP SAYS IT CAN'T FEED 1.5 MILLION IT FED LAST YEAR

CNN - World Vision, one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, announced that it cannot feed 1.5 million of the 7.5 million people it fed last year and made an urgent appeal for international donors to step in. The price of wheat flour went up an average of 60 percent across Afghanistan last year. The cutback could affect donations to 35 of the 100 countries in which the agency works, said Rachel Wolff, media relations manager for disaster response.

The cutbacks are occurring across the developing world. Some of World Vision's food aid programs have been cut altogether, such as those in East Timor and Sri Lanka, while others have been reduced, such as those in Burundi, Niger, Cambodia, North and South Sudan. The cuts affect people in nearly every region of the world.

In Haiti, where food riots forced a change in government last week, the next major food shipment is not expected before June, and that will not meet the need, Wolff said. . .

Wolff said the magnitude of the shortfall is unprecedented and predicted that the situation "probably will get worse as the year progresses."