Generous Contribution From Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia Allows WFP To Feed Millions In Yemen

RIYADH – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide US$143 million for food assistance to millions of hungry people in Yemen.

The MoU was signed on Thursday, by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Adviser at the Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Work, and Ramiro Lopes da Silva, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director.

This contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes at a very critical time for Yemen, where food security has rapidly deteriorated for millions of people in recent months. The most recent food security assessment in June estimated the number of food-insecure people in Yemen at close to 13 million. This includes more than 6 million severely food insecure people who cannot survive without external assistance.

“We are grateful for the generous contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which will help us provide vital food assistance to millions of severely food insecure people in Yemen,” said Lopes da Silva.

“Our partnership spans decades and has helped save millions of lives worldwide. We can always count on the Kingdom in difficult times. The generosity of the Kingdom and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is felt by the people who WFP assists throughout the world.”

Dr. Abdallah Al-Rabeea expressed his happiness about this partnership with the World Food Programme especially in alleviating the suffering of the brothers and sisters in Yemen hoping that it will translate into food assistance to all areas and governorates in Yemen which are most affected by food insecurity.

He also stressed on the important role that the King Salman’s Centre plays in working and cooperating with all UN agencies towards relief and aid in Yemen based on the directions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of WFP’s largest donors in the fight against hunger. In 2008, an historic contribution of US$500 million helped feed millions of people affected by high food prices. In 2014, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed more than US$200 million, providing food for displaced families in Iraq, Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and hungry refugees from South Sudan and Somalia.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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Reem Nada, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +201066634522