FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

EU scales up support to boost food security and nutrition in Yemen

17 February 2021- Sana’a:  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the European Union (EU) are teaming up to help improve food security and nutrition in Yemen through a new project.

The new 30-month, multifaceted project will aim to strengthen local community structures, create livelihood opportunities, boost resilience and contribute to conflict prevention and peace-building. The most vulnerable will benefit from an integrated social safety net.

“We cannot tolerate that in the 21st century, people still die from hunger and that children will suffer from the lifelong effects of malnutrition. The EU is one of the top donors for the food security sector and resilience in Yemen. We will continue to work with our partners to improve food security and nutrition of all Yemenis and at the same time build local communities for longer-term resilience capacities,” said Hans Grundberg, Ambassador of the European Union to Yemen.

“Years of conflict in Yemen have affected productive sectors, including agriculture of which over 70 percent of the country’s population rely on for securing a living. Humanitarian assistance composed of both cash assistance and livelihoods inputs is crucial more than ever to empower Yemenis overcome these hardships and build their resilience to survive and cope with crisis,” said Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Yemen. “Through this joint efforts generously funded by the EU, thousands of Yemeni households will restore their livelihoods while enabling productive community groups to transition from humanitarian assistance to self-reliance. The most vulnerable will continue to benefit from integrated and comprehensive social safety nets,” he added.

FAO builds on past and existing EU-funded programmes to address the acute food insecurity and strengthen the resilience capacities of the most affected populations across Yemen.


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