Funding Gap may Force WFP to Cut All Yemeni Operations

    Women in Yemen with food aid provided by the World Food Program. The UN agency has indicated it may have to end its operations in the country by the end of August. Photo by: Sadeq Hezaber / WFP

    The World Food Program has indicated it may have to end its Yemeni operations by the end of August given its current financial condition. The United Nations agency has already cut food rations in Yemen by 50 percent.

    “With the current funding situation, we will have to cease operations by the end of August,” Gian Carlo Cirri, WFP representative in Yemen, told Reuters. “The situation is extremely serious.”

    Some USD75 million is needed to enable WFP to continue its work in Yemen in 2010, Reuters reports.

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