Lack of Funding Imperils WFP Yemen Operations

The World Food Program sponsors feeding programs in Yemen, including for internally displaced people such as the 10,000 IDPs in this camp located along the country’s northwest border with Saudi Arabia. Photo by: Annasofie Flamand / IRIN Photos / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 IRIN PhotosCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By the end of June, analysts expect the World Food Program to run out of food supplies to distribute in Yemen, Al Jazeera reports. The United Nations agency is reeling from lack of financing, forcing it to decrease its operations in the nation. WFP requires USD103 million this year to address the needs of more than 3 million Yemenis. Long-established donors to WFP Yemen including Germany, Saudi Arabia and Britain have not yet committed any financing. The move has signalled reluctance on the part of donors to pledge support for the administration of Yemeni president Abdullah Ali Saleh without any concrete political and security reforms, Al Jazeera notes. “Donors are still two years behind the humanitarian community. Politics is irrelevant in a humanitarian situation. Feeding people is a moral issue,” said Andrew Moore, head of Save the Children in Yemen, as quoted by Al Jazeera.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.