WFP struggles to provide assistance in Myanmar due to lack of funds

The World Food Program has said it is struggling to provide assistance to Myanmar as 70 percent of its funding needs over the next six months, or $ 86 million, remain unmet amid worsening demand. the food crisis after the military coup of February 1.

Large numbers of people have difficulty accessing food due to a variety of factors, including job losses, rising food and fuel prices, political unrest, violence and displacement, while COVID-19 infections are increasing across the Southeast Asian country, WFP said on Friday.

The photo shows the distribution of rice by the World Food Program in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo courtesy of WFP / Kaung Htet Linn) (Kyodo)

Calling for help from the international community, WFP Myanmar Country Director Stephen Anderson said: “It is extremely important for us to be able to reach all those in need and to receive the necessary funds for their needs. provide humanitarian aid.

Almost 90 percent of households living in slums in Yangon said they had to borrow money to buy food, while incomes were hit hard for many, Anderson said in a statement.

In April, WFP estimated that the number of people facing hunger in Myanmar could more than double to 6.2 million in the next six months, from 2.8 million before February.

WFP’s subsequent follow-up surveys have shown that since February, more families have been pushed to their limits, struggling to put even the most basic food on the table, the Rome-based United Nations agency said.

Of more than 220,000 people who have fled violence since February, WFP has so far reached 17,500 newly displaced people and is working to help more in August. A total of 1.25 million people in the country received food, cash and nutrition assistance from WFP in 2021 in urban and rural areas.

But with the financing need over the next six months unmet, the outlook for operations remains uncertain, according to WFP.

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