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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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14 June 2018

Statement from WFP Executive Director David Beasley on Hodeida

ROME – As the fighting around Hodeida intensifies my main concern is as ever for the children, women and men of Yemen. Innocent people are suffering amidst some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, and we are with them in calling for an end to the long-running conflict. 

10 May 2018

KSRelief supports WFP to provide vital food assistance in Yemen and Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$18.6 million contribution from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) which will be used to provide urgent food assistance in Yemen and to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh. 

 

 

Responding to Emergencies
2 April 2018

WFP scales up response in Yemen to prevent famine

SANA'A - Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. 

1 April 2018

WFP assessing damage at Hodeidah warehouse, Yemen

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to establish the cause of a fire that destroyed a warehouse storing food in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

 

 

Contributions to WFP
12 March 2018

Japan announces fresh support to WFP in Yemen

SANA’A – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$16 million from the Government of Japan, which provides a significant boost to WFP operations aimed at averting famine in Yemen.

15 January 2018

Four USAID-Funded Mobile Cranes Arrive At Yemen's Largest Red Sea Port

SANA’A – A ship carrying four mobile cranes purchased by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived in Yemen’s Hodeidah Port to allow faster delivery of relief items for Yemeni families in the grips of the world’s biggest hunger crisis.

22 December 2017

As Yemen humanitarian crisis escalates, small number of governments step up to save lives

ROME – With more than eight million people now dependent on food assistance for survival in Yemen, the fate of those caught up in the country’s long running conflict is now in the hands of a small number of donor governments. Nearly 80 percent of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) funding for Yemen this year has been provided by the United States, Germany, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, with the US providing the largest single amount (US$386 million).

18 December 2017

UK boosts WFP efforts to avert famine and alleviate widespread suffering in Yemen

DJIBOUTI – The United Kingdom has announced a generous contribution of £50 million (US$67 million) in support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food assistance operation in Yemen.

2 December 2017

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

Joint statement by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director David Beasley, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

16 November 2017

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley, UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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