Nearly a decade of conflict in Yemen has created one of the world's most severe humanitarian crises.
The conflict, coupled with economic downturns and food insecurity, has left a staggering 17 million people in dire need of assistance. Around 4.5 million people are internally displaced, many of whom live in camps.
Despite a brief truce in 2023, which alleviated tensions and improved humanitarian access, the situation remains dire and requires urgent action.
In the face of these compounding crises, the World Food Programme (WFP) plays a pivotal role in offering vital support to the Yemeni people.
WFP's programmes support 13 million people across various sectors, delivering essential food to conflict-affected families, feeding schoolchildren, empowering women through training, and providing nutritional support to women and children in including in camps for internally displaced people.
In December 2023, WFP announced a pause in general food distributions in areas under the control of the Sana'a-based authorities, due to limited funding and no agreement with the authorities on a smaller and more targeted food assistance programme. WFP maintains nutrition support, school meal initiatives, and livelihood and resilience programmes.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Yemen
WFP's primary focus is on general food assistance, providing essential rations to food-insecure households across Yemen. WFP provides food through over 4,360 distribution points across all 333 districts of Yemen.
WFP nutrition activities target 2.2 million children and 1.9 million pregnant and breastfeeding women and girls, through a moderate acute malnutrition treatment programme and a prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition programme. WFP also provides technical assistance and training in nutrition treatment to Ministry of Public Health and Population staff and community health volunteers.
Under the school feeding programme, WFP provides primary schoolchildren with fortified date bars or fortified biscuits each day they attend school. WFP also runs a Healthy Kitchens project, providing locally sourced and freshly prepared school meals.
Clusters and common services
WFP manages the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which plays a crucial role in transporting humanitarian assistance and staff. The WFP-led Logistics Cluster strengthens coordination and logistics services, assisting 80 organizations in 2023. The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, also led by WFP, provides essential telecommunications services, while on-demand services harness WFP's supply chain expertise to support the wider humanitarian and development community in Yemen on a cost-recovery basis.
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