WFP Receives A Contribution From India In Support Of Yemen’s Poorest Households

Published on 21 November 2013

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a US$1.8 million contribution from the Government of India that will support 121,300 of the most vulnerable people in Yemen for the next six months.

“Thanks to India’s contribution, WFP will be able to provide life-saving assistance to some of Yemen’s most food insecure people in the coming six months,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Bishow Parajuli. “This critical support will help alleviate the suffering caused by food insecurity across the country”.

WFP used the Indian grant to purchase around 2,600 metric tons of wheat that was officially handed over to the Government of Yemen in a ceremony today at WFP Asser warehouse in Sana’a.

“India’s relations with Yemen are historic, close and friendly marked by excellent people to people contacts.  For Yemen and its people, India is a friend of all weathers and our latest contribution exemplifies our abiding commitment to support the friendly people of Yemen in these challenging times,” said Indian Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs H.E. Mridul Kumar who handed over the wheat shipment.

Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Mr Mohammed Saeed Al-Sa’adi  represented the Government of Yemen and said: “We are grateful to the government and people of India for providing this timely donation and we highly appreciate the cooperation between WFP and India in delivering assistance to those in need.”

WFP will distribute the Indian wheat under its primary operation that aims to reach five million people, providing emergency food assistance for 3.5 million food insecure people and cash transfers for another 400,000; food assistance to 600,000 internally displaced people; and nutritional support for 405,000 children under five and 157,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Robin Lodge, WFP/Yemen, Mob +967 738611778
Fares Khoailed, WFP/Yemen, Tel. 967 214100 ext 2112, Mob +967 734163556