Mansour Zaid, Ministry of Planning´s official and WFP´s director in Yemen, Richard Ragan, agreed to strengthen this international organization´s work in the country, according to Saba official news agency.
During a meeting, both parties stressed the importance of increasing WFP operations to alleviate the situation caused by “the difficult economic conditions experienced by the Yemeni people as a result of the war,” the source said.
In a joint statement issued this month, the United Nations Agriculture Organization, WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund said the country “is on the brink of an absolute catastrophe.”
For its part, the NGO Save the Children warned that more than eight million children are on the brink of starvation and desperately need access to medical care.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, more than 20 million Yemenis, out of a population of 30,5 million, lack access to basic health care and 16,2 million are threatened by a lack of food.
Earlier this year, Yemen’s Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Waid Batheeb, revealed that the conflict caused economic losses of $126 billion.