News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

10 December 2015

WFP Sends Convoys Into Yemen City Of Taiz To Avert Looming Humanitarian Crisis

SANA’A – Two convoys of assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have arrived in the central Yemeni city of Taiz with badly needed food supplies for residents living in dire conditions under a virtual state of siege. 

29 October 2015

WFP Warns Of Deepening Hunger In Southern Yemen City Of Taiz

SANA’A - The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month.

WFP Ambassadors
4 September 2015

U.S. Wheat Shipment Arrives In Yemen To Help WFP Provide Vital Food Assistance

CAIRO – A large shipment of wheat from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived and been unloaded in Al-Saleef port in northwestern Yemen, providing enough wheat to feed more than 1 million people for two months.

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.