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WFP forced to cut food assistance in Yemen

WFP forced to cut food assistance in Yemen

United Nations, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The World Food Program (WFP) warned on Wednesday that it is running out of funds to continue providing food assistance to 13 million people in Yemen, the deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq said.

With food assistance reductions from January, families will receive barely half of WFP’s daily minimum ration. Without new funding, more severe reductions will soon be unavoidable. This could see people cut from food assistance programs completely. Malnutrition treatment and school feeding for children may also be reduced.

From January, eight million will receive a reduced food ration, while five million at immediate risk of slipping into famine conditions will remain on a full ration.

The reductions come at the worst possible time for families in Yemen who are dependent on WFP´s food assistance to survive.

In the last three months, inadequate food consumption – one measure of hunger tracked by WFP – has risen rapidly to affect half of all families as currency devaluation and hyper-inflation have driven the economy to near collapse.

According to UN data, food prices have more than doubled across much of Yemen this year. Meanwhile, fighting across multiple frontlines continues to force families to flee.

WFP needs $813 million to continue aiding the most vulnerable in Yemen through May 2022. In 2022, WFP needs $1.97 billion to continue providing vital food assistance to families on the brink of famine.

According to the United Nations, Yemen is currently facing up one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, largely due to the conflict between government troops and Houthi rebels.

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