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WFP Head Warns Against ‘Donor Fatigue’ As Global Conflicts Increase Need For Food Aid

“Conflicts around the world mean there must be no ‘donor fatigue,’ the head of the World Food Programme [WFP] told AFP in an interview, as the United Nations marks World Food Day on Wednesday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Ertharin Cousin warned aid funds were running out for forgotten but ongoing humanitarian crises like North Korea or Yemen, as money shifts to conflicts such as Syria, where the media attention is stronger,” the news agency writes. “WFP supplies aid to about 97 million people in 80 countries, including 20 states that are mired in constant crises like Afghanistan, Haiti or Sudan,” AFP notes, adding, “WFP operations in and around Syria are costing around $31 million a week, but Cousin said this could not come at the expense of other crises.” Cousin discusses aid efforts in other countries, including Yemen, North Korea, Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the news agency (10/17).