Hunger in the news

7 June 2011

Recent fighting in Yemen's southern governorate of Abyan has displaced an estimated 20,000 people who are in need of humanitarian assistance. (..) Gian Carlo Cirri, head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Yemen, says the number of displaced in Aden now totals more than 7000 persons.

3 June 2011

Forces loyal to Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled with fighters from the country's most powerful tribe in the capital Sana'a on Thursday. (..)AlertNet spoke to Gian Carlo Cirri, World Food Programme's (WFP) Yemen country director, about the toll the surge in unrest was taking on the population, a third of whom face chronic hunger.

26 May 2011

There is increasing concern at the prospect of an imminent humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the political situation is rapidly deteriorating, with reports over the last few days of fighting on the streets of the capital and roadblocks springing up. (..) The UK has significantly increased its aid to Yemen in its recent aid review, and last week announced more funding to agencies such as Unicef and the World Food Programme (..).

14 May 2011

Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi praised on Saturday the contributions of the World Food Programme (WFP) to support Yemen facing lack of resource-related challenges.

6 May 2011

Many of us have received "CARE packages" at one time or another. College students, service members, or just those with birthdays have all appreciated these special deliveries. It's like a box of presents with a smile. (..) When the UN World Food Programme (WFP) provided rations at school, this was an incentive for her parents to send her to class. She would become a breadwinner of sorts.

5 May 2011

While anti-government protests continue in the streets of Yemen’s capital Sana’a and hope for change fills the hearts of the people, their stomachs are often left empty. (..) “The turbulent situation has caused a spike in food prices. WFP expects that the prices will realign with the rest of the country's market prices soon,” wrote Georgia Warner, World Food Program (WFP) officer in Yemen.

1 May 2011

Yemen is among the poorest of Arab states. During the uprising, the prices of food and of fuel have shot up astronomically. According to the World Food Programme, a third of Yemen's population -- more than 7 million people -- have found it a struggle to find enough to eat every day

26 April 2011

Ordinary Yemenis are suffering as food and fuel prices rise – and aid programmes are desperately short of funds.(..)According to the World Food Programme, more than 7 million people – a third of the country's population – have been struggling to find enough to eat each day. And in some parts of the country, rates of malnutrition are at emergency levels, comparable with countries such as Afghanistan and Niger.

21 April 2011

A meeting was held here on Wednesday to discuss the support provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) for the internally displaced people (IDPs) due to Saada events.(..)For his part, the WFP Representative in Yemen Gian Carlo praised the Yemeni government's efforts in helping the refugees and IDPs, reviewing the current difficulties in the finance obtained by the Programme and the other UN humanitarian organizations working in Yemen.

6 April 2011

Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Yemen continue to demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The West is worried Yemen's uprising could empower al-Qaeda, but the real threat - some believe - is the economic one.(..)"The situation is not good. If you take the global increase in food commodities, mix into it weakening rial and add to that the overall political situation, we really don't have good news," says Gian Carlo Cirri, of the WFP