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World Food Programme calls for more help in Sahel

(Xinhua)

15:12, April 11, 2012

GENEVA, April 10 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) on Tuesday warned many people are at risk of hunger and malnutrition in the drought-hit Sahel region in western Africa unless new donations are received immediately for a massive food assistance operation.

WFP warned a food crisis could hit as early as October. It has so far been providing food assistance for 2.2 million people across the region.

To continue feeding the needy, the UN body said it has to procure 180,000 tons of cereals and 36,000 tons of pulses in the next four weeks, about half of the total needed to feed more than 8 million people from June to September.

WFP called for additional support of 400 million U.S. dollars to acquire food for distribution and to run cash and voucher programmes in the region.

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