Hunger in the news

29 April 2010

Yemen and World Food Program (WFP) called for help from the local and international organizations to offer humanitarian assistance to respond to needs of the Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in Saada and Harf Sufyan.(..)For his part, the WFP Gian Carlo Cirri reviewed humanitarian activities of the program in reducing suffering of the displaced people because of sedition in Saada and Harf Sufyan.

21 April 2010

A total of $4.9 million was provided as a new financial assistance from the government of the United States to the displaced people in Sa’adah, northern Yemen, said a statement by the US Embassy in Yemen on Sunday.(..)In the mean time, the World Food Program (WFP) in Yemen is appealing for more donation to cover its finance shortage, and has received a $4.7 million donation, which make its financial shortage estimated to $77.6 million.

19 April 2010

At a UN-sponsored distribution centre in Thulla, a picturesque but dirt poor village 50km north-west of Sanaa, 30-year-old Jamila Ali al-Mohn gathered with a few dozen pregnant women to collect a two-month support bag of grain, oil, sugar and salt. The distribution of such food necessities is the culmination of an effort by the WPF working in tandem with the Yemeni health ministry to ensure these pregnant women and young mothers have enough to feed themselves and their babies.(..)As the international community focuses on defeating al-Qaeda in Yemen, millions of ordinary people in the country on the south-west tip of the Arabian Peninsula are quietly starving as vital deliveries of UN food aid are severely cut due to a lack of funding. By the end of June 2010, analysts predict, the WPF will have no food to distribute to Yemen's millions of hungry.

15 April 2010

There is a severe hunger crisis facing Yemen. Low funding for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is causing ration cuts and in some cases, the complete cancellation of food aid programs. In a country where 1 in 3 people suffer from chronic hunger, this shortfall of donations is a disaster in the making.(..)As Santamarina pointed out, 7.2 million people in Yemen live in a total poverty trap.

14 April 2010

After an arduous three-day walk from Jabal Dukhan, a mountain straddling the Yemen-Saudi border, Nasser Mohammed and his family hoped to receive aid in one of the three al-Mazraq camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Yemen.(..)UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP) use the database as a tool for the distribution of aid.

13 April 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “We believe bringing unity and stability to Yemen is an urgent national security priority of ours… Progress against violent extremists and progress toward a better future for the Yemeni people will depend upon fortifying development efforts.”(..)Maria Santamarina of the WFP writes: "7.2 million Yemenis are in a total poverty trap. Poverty, food insecurity, maternal malnutrition, limited education, high gender disparities, rapid population growth, and insufficient access to safe water and to land are leaving too many Yemeni families on their knees and further perpetuating the cycle of malnutrition. In the current situation where families are trapped in extreme vulnerability, any new shock no matter how minor will easily push them over the edge."

7 April 2010

Aid organizations are warning of a food crisis in Yemen unless international food aid funding is dramatically increased before June 2010. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has only received a quarter of its annual budget for 2010 (US$25.6 million out of $103.2 million), and will run out of food for 3.2 million people by the end of June.(..)“It is a triple F crisis,” Giancarlo Cirri, WFP country director in Yemen, said referring to food, fuel and financial.

25 March 2010

One of the biggest threats unfolding right now is in Yemen where low funding for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is forcing ration cuts. People living in camps, displaced by the conflict in the North between the government and rebels, may lose their rations completely if new funding is not found.

24 March 2010

Last week, Yemen's government announced the end to six years of war with the Houthi rebel militia. But with a quarter of a million displaced people, and rapidly disappearing funds, aid agencies say they do not know how they will feed the civilian victims of the war. (..) The World Food Program has cut rations for displaced families by 25 percent.

23 March 2010

Thousands of families living outside camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Amran Governorate, some 50km north of the capital Sanaa, are finding it increasingly difficult to cope after aid agencies scaled down their regular food rations as a result of funding shortfalls since mid-February.(..)Yassir Khairi, an emergency officer with NGO Islamic Relief, a WFP implementing partner, told IRIN that they were ordered by WFP to cut by 50 percent the rations of wheat and beans to families outside IDP camps during the distribution of February rations due to funding shortfalls.