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Addressing the Immediate Situation: Status of Current Crises, Resources Available, and Unmet Needs- statement to G-8 Contact Group Meeting - New York, USA

Executive Director

The number of food emergencies is skyrocketing. In 2003, WFP faces the daunting task of finding US$1.8 billion to meet the needs of operations in Africa alone – a sum equal to all the funds we received last year.

Never before have we had to contend with potential starvation on the scale we face today. At WFP, eight of our ten leading donors, including several of the governments represented here, boosted their contributions last year. Yet with all this generosity, we are falling behind.