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With dire funding shortfalls putting the future of the agency's operations at risk, World Food Program's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin concluded a trip to Lebanon Thursday by calling on the international community to continue supporting Syrian refugees.To shore up support, Cousin also focused on the fact that the WFP's food assistance program, which was halved due to severe funding shortages, contributes to the domestic economy. To date the program has injected over $1.1 billion into the economies of five countries neighboring Syria and hosting refugees.In Lebanon, nearly 770,000 of the 1.2 Syrian refugees in the country depend on the WFP's food program.Kassaby said Syrian refugee families have taken extreme measures to cope with the cutbacks, which saw their cash for food assistance reduced from nearly $30 a month to $13.50 .
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