Aden Time / Middle East:
The World Food Program stated that the war in Ukraine had caused a significant rise in commodity prices in Yemen, and that the price of some of these commodities had increased seven times as much as it was, and said the number of people living on famine. -similar conditions would increase from the current 31,000 to 161,000. Thousands of Yemenis are already on the brink of starvation as the war in Ukraine has affected global food supplies.
“The scale of the crisis in Yemen is truly shocking and we urgently need funding to reach the millions in desperate need before it is too late,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Program. Some awards in Yemen are seven. times higher ”, describing this as a“ devastating blow ”to families already living on the edge of the abyss.
The point of no return cannot be jeopardized, he said, welcoming the European Union’s new 45m-euro contribution to tackling the famine crisis in Yemen, so that the WFP can continue to provide emergency aid and food support in response to the alarming increase. of food. the insecurity that affects the lives of millions of Yemenis.
On the other hand, residents in Sanaa told Asharq Al-Awsat that traders have significantly increased the prices of most food commodities, as the price of a kilogram of rice has become one thousand rials, while its price was 850 rials last month, and the price of a bag of crushed wheat in a 50 kg package increased to 21 thousand riyals, while its price at the beginning of the year was 16 thousand riyals, and the price of cooking oil increased from 3800 riyals per 5 liter can to more more than eight. thousand riyals (the dollar is about 600 rials in militia-controlled areas).
Residents pointed out that the Houthi militia authority used the price increase only as a means to blackmail traders and not to return prices to what they were, especially since the US dollar price is fixed and has not changed, but instead has decreased by the same amount. . 50 percent in areas under the control of the legitimate government.
For his part, commercial sources in Aden told Asharq Al-Awsat that Yemen was importing about 28 percent of its wheat needs from Ukraine, while 30 percent of the wheat is imported from the Russian Federation and the rest is imported from Australia. the quantities received are imported from the World Food Program.
According to the same sources, Yemen imports vegetable cooking oils from Malaysia, which are packaged and sold domestically, as well as quantities of oils from neighboring countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but sources attributed the reasons for the price increase to Production of Ukraine and growing global demand for other exporting countries.
With the World Food Program saying the situation in Yemen has worsened this year, with 17.4 million people currently in need of food aid, he stated that recent forecasts show the number of people unable to meet their minimum food needs will reach 19 million.
The program showed that people facing hunger-like conditions could increase fivefold in the second half of this year (from 31,000 to 161,000 people), and stated that thousands of Yemenis are already on the brink of starvation, and many of them “They are threatened by intense fighting, as the country also suffers from rising food prices as a result of the war in Ukraine, which affected the global food supply.”
For his part, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Linaric said: “The European Union will continue to support Yemen and that after seven years of conflict, the level of suffering has become indescribable and the humanitarian response is worryingly unfunded.
Linaric thought this was the right time for the international community to increase its funding and for the warring parties to end the conflict, while the Food Program confirmed that, with the support of the European Union, it would continue to use money transfers. ready to provide food. assistance, allowing beneficiaries to decide on the food they prefer; Cash transfers provide immediate relief to suffering families, while having a multiplier effect on the local economy, building economic resilience.
Over the past seven years, the EU has contributed around € 300 million to WFP operations in Yemen out of a total of € 827 million provided to alleviate humanitarian needs since the beginning of the conflict, while the EU’s last contribution (45 million euros) provides specifically food support for Yemenis. Vulnerable, at a time when acute malnutrition is on the rise among young children and mothers.
The World Food Program plans to reach 12.9 million people in Yemen with emergency food assistance this year, 3.7 million children and mothers suffering from malnutrition, treatment and prevention, 2.4 million students in school food programs and 1.5 million in livelihood programs.