Hodeida, 17 April 2023 (TDI): United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) chartered vessel reaches Yemen in Al Salif port in Hodeidah, carrying 30,000 metric tons of wheat grain to support humanitarian assistance in Yemen.

The vessel, MV Negmar Cicek, sailed from the Ukrainian Black Sea Port of Chornomorsk in Odessa after the renewal of the Black Sea Grain initiative last month.

Funds have been taken from the governments of the United States, France, and Spain, this shipment will provide a 50-kg bag of wheat flour to nearly 4 million people for one month and will help WFP address immediate gaps in assistance.

“With funding constraints, we face now in Yemen, this shipment could not have come at a more opportune time,” said WFP Country Director and Representative in Yemen Richard Ragan.

“Maintaining and increasing the level of funding for Yemen is key to seeing tangible improvements in the lives of millions of Yemenis.”

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WFP needs around 85,000 tons of wheat each month in Yemen and counts on continued donor support that has so far kept famine at bay.

Last year, thanks to the six-month truce and continued assistance, the number of people living in famine-like conditions fell from 161,000 to zero.

Further, Ragan added that eventually transition from humanitarian aid and life-saving assistance to resilience and development work that should be the focus of attention in Yemen with continued donor support.

In 2023, WFP requires US$2.9 billion to provide food assistance through cash and direct distribution. The target of 15 million people and support 1.9 million people through school feeding and rural road rehabilitation, water harvesting schemes, and agricultural projects.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization.

Moreover, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.