The forthcoming cuts are due to growing humanitarian needs around the world and insufficient funding.
This has already forced the agency to make significant reductions in daily meals for vulnerable people in the Sahel and elsewhere.
“As global hunger rises far beyond the available resources to feed all families in desperate need WFPhelp we are forced to make the heartbreaking decision to reduce food rations for refugees who rely on us for their survival, “said WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
– No urgent new funds to support refugees – one of the most vulnerable and forgotten groups in the world – many facing starvation will be forced to pay with their lives. ”
Today, the reduction of rations by up to 50 percent affects three out of four refugees supported by the World Vocational Program in East Africa.
Huge level of needs
Refugees living in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda are most affected.
And despite record famine levels not seen in a decade, the WFP had to cut rations “significantly” in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
In South Africa, where WFP provides assistance to about half a million people, the agency said that despite generous support from donors, it is struggling to meet even the basic needs of refugee households.
“Immediate disturbances are expected in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.“, Said in a statement.
Difficult with financial constraints, the WFP must prioritize aid to ensure that vital food reaches the most vulnerable families first.
These painful decisions often leave refugees without support at a time when food aid is the difference between life and death, the agency explained.
As the WFP is forced to introduce a reduction in rations to expand limited resources, UN humanitarians and their partners have had to respond to an additional six million refugees created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
In Moldova, WFP has already delivered nearly 475,000 hot meals to families affected by the conflict in 31 different localities.
According to the latest data published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 67 per cent of refugees and asylum seekers come from countries experiencing a food insecurity crisis in 2021. This, combined with devastating conflicts and extreme weather conditions, is hitting refugees hardest.
Application for long-term investment
While the immediate needs of refugees remain a major concern of the GPA, now more than ever there are also the need for sustainable investment in programs that promote independence among the refugee population. But growing urgent needs mean that funding must be diverted from vital sustainable development projects, which are key to preventing an escalation of emergencies.
Despite these challenges, the UN agency is working to build and support refugee subsistence and sustainability programs, together with partners and governments.
In 2021, the WFP helped nearly 10 million refugees worldwide.