WFP is currently providing food assistance to around 6 million people in the Horn of Africa. As WFP has large offices in those countries which are used to dealing with crisis, they don’t expect a need for logistical support from TNT.
The worst drought in 60 years is taking place in the Horn of Africa right now, a region that includes Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. The drought is threatening famine and has created a new humanitarian crisis. Around 9 million people need humanitarian assistance as the drought, combined with high food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.
At the moment, the WFP staff in East Africa is dealing with the crisis without a need for our logistics support. If the situation worsens, and WFP sees an area where TNT can make a difference, they will request our help.
As the number of hungry rises, more resources will be needed to meet the need for food assistance. WFP estimates that around US$477 million is needed to address the hunger needs in the region through to the end of the year. Currently, it has a 40% shortfall in funding, with about US$190 million still needed.
If you want to support WFP in their relief operation, you can make a donation here.