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The World Food Program in Yemen announces the suspension of part of the general food distribution

Due to lack of funding and the absence of reaching an appropriate agreement, the World Food Program in #Yemen announces the suspension of general food distribution in Houthi-controlled areas.

Due to limited funding and the lack of agreement with the authorities on a smaller program that matches the resources available to the most needy families, the United Nations World Food Program in Yemen announced the cessation of public food distribution operations in Yemeni areas under the control of the authorities in Sanaa.

The World Food Program already stated in May that the chronic lack of funds for food aid raises national concerns. According to a World Bank assessment, hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition are among the most severe issues in Yemen, which have been compounded by the country's protracted conflict.

The Food Program stated that the decision to halt recent distribution activities was made in cooperation with donors, following nearly a year of negotiations in which no agreement was achieved to lower the number of people fed from 9.5 million to 6.5 million. Confirming the depletion of food reserves in Houthi-controlled areas. Even with a rapid agreement, the restoration of food aid could take up to four months due to the interruption of Yemen's humanitarian food aid delivery network.

Public food supplies in government-controlled parts of Yemen will continue, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable households, in accordance with resource adjustments made in August. As the humanitarian sector navigates the challenging financial situation, similar priorities are being recognized in nearly half of WFP's activities worldwide.

In Yemen, levels of insufficient food consumption have been gradually declining since September 2022. People's access to food, however, has remained jeopardized. In January 2023, around 53% of families in territories controlled by the legitimate government and 47% of those in areas controlled by Sana'a authorities were unable to meet their basic food needs.


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