SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its gratitude to the European Union (EU) for its latest donation of €6 million (US$8 million), which will be used to provide food assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees, as well as supporting WFP’s efforts to combat malnutrition.
The contribution came from the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which was the fourth largest donor to WFP Yemen in 2013, when it provided some US$10 million in funding.
“Once again, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the consistent and generous support from ECHO,” said WFP Yemen Representative and Country Director Bishow Parajuli. “It demonstrates their commitment to improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.”
Some US$7.3 million of the ECHO donation will be used to provide food assistance to displaced families, the numbers of whom have surged in recent weeks due to the ongoing conflict in Amran, while the remainder will be used to purchase supplementary food to treat acute malnutrition.
The food will be distributed under WFP’s new Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), which aims to assist some six million of the most vulnerable and poorest Yemenis over the next two years, at a cost of nearly US$500 million.
The project includes food and cash distributions, food or cash for work and assets, treatment and prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and meals and take-home rations for children regularly attending school.
“With an operation of this scale, we rely even more heavily on the generosity of our donors,” said Parajuli. “We hope many others will follow ECHO’s example.”
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