| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

KSrelief, WFP sign $60 million deal to provide food security for Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) signed a $60 million agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) to meet the food needs of nearly 50 million people in Yemen, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday.

The agreement was signed by WFP Executive Director David Beasley and KSrelief’s Supervisor General Dr Abdullah al-Rabeeah on the sidelines of the G20 development ministers meeting in Brindisi, southern Italy.

The Kingdom’s grant comes as local and international organizations suffer to provide aid amid the ongoing conflict, economic decline, and the impact of COVID-19 on millions of Yemenis, the WFP said in a statement.

The program, which will last for six months, aims to secure 68,545 tons of food for more than 4,900,000 people suffering from acute food insecurity in 15 Yemeni governorates, according to SPA.

“We are currently witnessing an alarming deterioration of the food security situation in Yemen that goes beyond any levels seen before, with 5 million people just a step away from famine,” said Beasley.

“We are grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this urgently needed contribution to WFP’s life-saving operation, without which our large-scale and complex humanitarian response in the country cannot be sustained,” he added.

  • alarabiya