Lack of Funding Could Trigger Yemen Food Crisis

Yemen is likely to experience a food crisis if international donors do not increase their food aid to the country before June 2010, aid organizations said, according to Eurasia Review.

The World Food Program said it only received USD25.6 million of its USD103.2 million targeted budget for Yemen. It will no longer be able to support the 3.2 million people in need of food aid in the country if it does not receive additional funding by the end of June 2010, the agency said. Several non-governmental organizations and aid agencies noted that this at-risk population includes some 250,000 internally displaced Yemenis and 19,000 refugees from Somalia.

WFP explained that it already reduced its food rations in February and March. It also borrowed USD4.8 million from its contingency disaster funds to supplement its inadequate budget.

“If WFP stopped its distribution of food, it would be a catastrophic scenario,” said Kamel Ben Abdallah, the head of Young Child Survival and Development for UNICEF in Yemen. “Without regular food distribution, the situation would definitely deteriorate and they [refugees and IDPs] would starve.”

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