By NY Staff
The Indian government has granted Yemen a wheat donation worth $1.8 million, by way of existing infrastructure of the World Food Program (WFP.) National Yemen met with Mridul Kumar, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, who is primarily in Yemen as part of a mission to hand over the humanitarian grant of the government.
“This particular assistance program is a part of India’s abiding commitment to follow the developing countries and less developed countries all over the world,” said Kumar. India became a part of Friends of Yemen group in 2012, and earlier in the same year, India has provided rice assistance of almost two million dollars as part of a track record of capacity building and human resources development. Mr. Kumar said his government understands that the Yemeni people are going through a very difficult period.
The WFP welcomed the contribution, which will support 121, 300 Yemenis with 2, 600 metric tons of wheat for the next six months.
“Thanks to India’s contribution, WFP will be able to provide life-saving assistance to some of Yemen’s most food insecure people in the coming six months,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Bishow Parajuli. “This critical support will help alleviate the suffering caused by food insecurity across the country.”
WFP used the Indian grant to purchase the wheat that was officially handed over to the Government of Yemen in a ceremony today at WFP Asser warehouse in Sana’a.
“India’s relations with Yemen are historically close and marked by excellent people-to-people contacts. For Yemen and its people, India is a friend of all weathers, and our latest contribution exemplifies our abiding commitment to support the friendly people of Yemen in these challenging times,” said Mr. Kumar at the ceremony. He added that the Government of India wishes to explore markets for Yemeni products, and increasing bilateral trade, particularly in the oil and gas sectors. Minister for Planning and International Cooperation Mr Mohammed Saeed Al-Sa’adi represented the Government of Yemen and expressed his gratitude.
“We are grateful to the government and people of India for providing this timely donation and we highly appreciate the cooperation between WFP and India in delivering assistance to those in need.”
WFP will distribute the Indian wheat under its primary operations. WFP aims to reach five million people, providing emergency food assistance for 3.5 million food insecure people, and cash transfers for another 400,000. It wishes to distribute food assistance to 600,000 internally displaced people, and nutritional support for 405,000 children under five, as well as 157,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers.