The U.N. World Food Program is stepping up its assistance in Yemen to counter the effects of high food prices on 7.2 million food-insecure Yemenis.
WFP has allocated $213 million for food in Yemen this year. It has apportioned $110 million for humanitarian relief, $96 million for vulnerable populations and Somali refugees, $5 million for the Food for Girls’ Education program and $2 million for its U.N. Humanitarian Air Service.
Georgia Warner, WFP reports and advocacy officer, said the cost of food in Yemen has risen 46 percent year on year. Bread, for example, now costs 50 percent more than it did six months ago.
This situation is alarming, although not surprising, given that 80 percent of food in the country is imported and that refugees from the Horn of Africa continue to arrive in Yemen. The political turmoil that continue to plague the country despite Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s power transfer deal in November has exacerbated the situation as well.
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