Following the prevalent food crisis in Yemen, the Government of Kuwait has contributed $5 million to families in Yemen through agricultural intervention plan of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The funding is expected to provide assistance to 8.4 million extremely insecured Yemenis through FAO’s Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan for Yemen, expected to be implemented within the framework of the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
The support comes in form of rehabilitation irrigation canals, promoting traditional water harvesting techniques, engaging women and young people in water management, cash-for-work for vulnerable households, mitigating flood risks and supporting farmers to use their land for double rather that single cropping.
Speaking in Cairo, the Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative at the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, applauded the government of Kuwait for their support.
“Kuwait’s generous contribution is vital to building the resilience of rural communities in Yemen and will further strengthen the collaboration between FAO and Kuwait in addressing regional challenges.” He said
The Yemeni food insecurity conflict considered the world’s largest food crisis in history, which escalated in March 2015, has taken an enormous toll on the country’s socio-economic activities and has over the years, led to large-scale displacement and high rates of malnutrition especially amongst children.