The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today that a shipment of wheat has arrived in Yemen to feed the hungry. The 9,400 metric tons of wheat is a donation from the United States Food for Peace program. WFP will use the wheat for its mission to feed nearly five million people in the impoverished Middle Eastern country.
WFP Country Director Bishow Parajuli said today, “This arrival of wheat in Yemen will directly help people who can’t get enough food to live a healthy life. There are millions of Yemenis in this plight and WFP is grateful to the government and people of the United States in helping us to meet the challenge of helping those in need.”
Gerald Feierstein, U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, adds, “The U.S. government recognizes the degree of food insecurity in Yemen where millions of people do not have access to sufficient food for basic nutritional needs and standards of well-being. The delivery of wheat from the American people represents the commitment of the US Government to providing humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Yemenis.”
Two additional shipments of food will soon arrive in Yemen totaling 42,000 metric tons. WFP in July said it was facing a $ US 80 million dollar shortage in funding for providing food aid in Yemen. The US has granted $50 million in funding so far this year to WFP in Yemen.
WFP relies on voluntary donations from governments and the public. The Food for Peace program is the single largest donor to WFP. The U.S. Congress will be deciding the new funding level for Food for Peace in the upcoming Farm Bill legislation. The program is critical to supporting hunger relief in Yemen, Syria and many other countries around the world.