Iceland supports WFP in Yemen

The World Food Programme has welcomed a 40 million ISK ($310,000) increased contribution from Iceland to its operation in Yemen.

“Economic volatility & conflict have left millions in Yemen deeply vulnerable to slipping into higher levels of food insecurity,” WFP tweeted.

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24 million people or 80% of the population in Yemen rely on humanitarian aid.

“Malnourishment is a gigantic problem in Yemen, not least among children. The situation was dire even before the outbreak of the war. There is little doubt that nowhere in the world is humanitarian and food aid as much needed as in Yemen”, Icelandic Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Thór Thórdarson said.

Iceland joins many donors that have increased their aid to UN´s efforts to fight a faminie in Yemen

EU aid

In the margins of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations the EU and Sweden co-hosted a virtual High-Level event on “The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Averting an Outbreak of Famine.”

EU-funded humanitarian actions in Yemen focus on emergency support to civilians affected by the conflict, including the response to acute malnutrition, food insecurity, natural hazards and epidemics.

Last year the EU scaled up its assistance to Yemenis most in need. A total of €115 million have been mobilised to support humanitarian assistance in Yemen .

See UNRIC backgrounder on Yemen: