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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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19 September 2018

Statement from David Beasley, WFP Executive Director: WFP Chief urges all sides in Yemen to end conflict and support peace

ROME – Yemen has witnessed ferocious armed clashes, and a sharp deterioration of the security situation in Hodeidah and other cities across Yemen in recent days. Conflict, widespread economic hardship and currency devaluations are similarly affecting millions of innocent Yemenis and the public are protesting over soaring food prices.

31 August 2018

Truck carrying WFP food hit in Yemen's Hodeidah Governorate

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gravely concerned about an incident on 29 August involving a truck under contract to WFP that came under shelling while delivering life-saving food assistance in the war-torn district of Al Tuhayta in Yemen’s southern Hodeidah governorate.

6 August 2018

Kuwait provides significant support to WFP's fight against famine in Yemen

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new donation of US$50 million from the State of Kuwait for emergency food assistance in Yemen. The funds will be used to reach more than 2.5 million people over two months with wheat flour and oil through both direct distributions and WFP food assistance cards at retail outlets.

26 July 2018

World Food Programme’s video from frontlines of war in Yemen shows growing hunger and desperation

ROME – A WFP communications team is on the ground in Yemen, visiting both government- and rebel-controlled parts of the war-torn country. We are there, shooting video and interviewing people on the front lines of the conflict which has caused what many regard as the worst humanitarian situation in the world today. 

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.

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