FAO, World Bank launch initiative to avert famine in Yemen

October 4, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Rome (IINA) � The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Bank have launched a $36 million project to avert famine in Yemen. More than half a million vulnerable and food-insecure Yemeni people will receive immediate relief and long-term sustainable agricultural support, thanks to this project, UN News reported.

The project will have a strong humanitarian impact in Yemen, as it will provide emergency support and help in building the resilience of the vulnerable Yemeni population, said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO assistant director general and regional representative for the Near East and North Africa.

The grant, supported by the World Bank’s Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP), will prioritize FAO’s projects to boost productivity, income and nutrition, especially in those most famine-hit regions in the country.

The initiative will also contribute to sustainable agriculture solutions in the long term, according to FAO Country Representative in Yemen Salah El-Hajj Hassan.

These solutions include furthering rural development, providing food security, rehabilitating community water infrastructures and improving capacity development, he said.

The implementation of the project will also allow FAO to build on previous projects, such as those empowering women to become more involved in conflict resolution issues, Hassan said, adding: Given the ongoing hostilities in Yemen, this project could also contribute to bringing stability to the country.

Source: International Islamic News Agency