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Yemen- Conference in Geneva to mobilise resources for the world's worst humanitarian disaster


ROME – The UN World Food Programme and other members of the humanitarian community are attending a major pledging conference in Geneva tomorrow - Tuesday 26 February - to mobilise resources for the crisis in Yemen. Some 20 million people – 70 percent of the population – are so food insecure that they do know where their next meal is coming from.

Our food assistance operation in Yemen last year managed to avert famine there but hunger has been on the increase and WFP is now engaged in a major scale-up to reach 12 million of the most vulnerable people in the war-torn country.

Available for interview:

Attending the conference in Geneva on Tuesday: WFP Assistant Executive Director Valerie Guarnieri and Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. To request an interview, please email David Orr

Video recently shot in Yemen:

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For more information please contact (email address:

Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2321, Mob. +39 346 7600521

Francis Mwanza, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 (0)20 3857 7411, Mob. +44 (0)7968 008474

Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 85 64, Mob. + 41 79 842 8057

Challiss McDonough, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-774-4026

Steve Taravella, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-556-6909, Mob.  +1-202-770-5993

Herve Verhoosel, WFP/Geneva, Mob. +41 79 842 8057