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20 November 2018

WFP welcomes new funding pledge for humanitarian needs in Yemen from United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

DUBAI/RIYADH – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) welcomes a pledge of US$500 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for humanitarian food assistance to Yemen. The funds, which will partially go to WFP, will cover shortfalls in the current humanitarian response while helping WFP scale up its operation to provide life-saving food assistance to 10-12 million severely hungry people in Yemen, including more than 2 million children.

Responding to Emergencies
15 November 2018

World Food Programme Chief appeals for peace in Yemen as agency plans major scale-up of food aid

ROME – A heartfelt plea for an end to the fighting in Yemen has been issued by the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme as he concluded a three-day visit to the country which has become the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.  

17 October 2018

UK Aid provides critical injection of funds to WFP Yemen

SANA’A –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new £25 million (US$33 million) contribution from the United Kingdom to support more than 1.2 million people in Yemen, amid mounting fears of a potential famine in the country. 

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. 

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