News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 August 2015

WFP Warns Of Food Crisis In Yemen Amid Challenges In Reaching People And Shortage Of Funding

SANA’A/ADEN - Seeing first-hand the challenges facing millions of people affected by the crisis in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, warned that lack of immediate and unhindered access to people who urgently need food assistance and the shortage of funding create the possibility of famine for millions, mostly women and children already hungry in this war-torn country.

Responding to Emergencies
30 July 2015

World Food Programme Begins Distributions In War-Torn Districts Of Aden

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

Responding to Emergencies
21 July 2015

First WFP Ship Carrying Food Docks At Aden Port As Humanitarian Needs Soar In Yemen

CAIRO – A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ship carrying food assistance arrived in Aden today – the first WFP-chartered ship to berth at the port since conflict erupted in Yemen in March. The food will provide much needed assistance for people in contested southern governorates.

14 July 2015


SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) stopped a shipment of wheat flour from leaving the port of Hodeidah after an inspection commissioned by WFP found it to be not fit for distribution.

17 June 2015

New Study Finds Millions of People in Yemen Slipping into Hunger

Sana’a - A new study released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in Yemen (MoPIC), on behalf of other technical partners, found that at least 6 million people in Yemen are severely food insecure and are in urgent need of emergency food and life-saving assistance – a sharp increase from the last quarter of 2014.

Responding to Emergencies
1 June 2015

WFP Ship With Food Assistance For Yemen Diverted To Hodeidah From Aden

SANA’A/AMMAN – A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship carrying vital food assistance destined for the Yemeni port of Aden was diverted yesterday to the port of Hodeidah following reports of ongoing fighting and security threats.

Responding to Emergencies
19 May 2015

WFP Calls For Predictable Pauses In Fighting To Deliver Food To Yemen Conflict Zones

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that the recent five-day “humanitarian pause” in Yemen was not long enough to reach all those in need of food and other relief supplies, and is appealing for a series of predictable breaks in the conflict to deliver desperately needed aid.

Responding to Emergencies
10 May 2015

WFP-chartered Ship Docks In Yemen With Fuel For Humanitarian Operations

SANA’A – A ship carrying fuel chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has arrived in Yemen, opening up a new humanitarian lifeline for civilians impacted by conflict. All humanitarian operations in the country had ground to a halt because of a shortage of fuel.

30 April 2015

WFP Emergency Food Distributions Come To A Halt In Yemen Due To Severe Fuel Shortages

SANA’A/AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme today appealed to all parties in Yemen to allow the commercial sector and aid agencies to bring urgently needed fuel and food into the country, where a severe fuel shortage is threatening the delivery of lifesaving assistance to Yemenis hit by the conflict.

Responding to Emergencies
16 April 2015

WFP Distributes Food In Aden But Warns Of Challenges Of Reaching Hungry People In Yemen

SANA’A/AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme and partners are distributing food for 105,000 displaced people in the Yemeni city of Aden over the next few days, but the humanitarian agency has warned of the challenges of feeding millions of food-insecure people amid deteriorating security.


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