New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African refugees—a large increase in number of refugees accounts for the shortfall

by IRIN News

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.