On November 9th, the US cargo vessel MV Venta, carrying some 23,000 metric tons of wheat for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), docked in the Yemeni port of Hodeida. The food will be dispatched across the country and distributed to vulnerable, food-insecure people under WFP’s safety net programmes.
“This contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is crucial to our ability to maintain life-saving support for hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in the greatest need,” said Rukia Yacoub, WFP Yemen Deputy Country Director and Officer-in-Charge. “We are extremely grateful for USAID’s generous and consistent support.”
This latest shipment follows deliveries of 1,618 tons of yellow split peas and 1,423 tons of vegetable oil from USAID in September and October. A further shipment of pulses and oil is expected in the coming days, bringing US food shipments to WFP Yemen to more than 27,000 tons over the past three months.
“On behalf of the people of the United States of America, the US Embassy and USAID are proud to contribute these critical food commodities to WFP’s food distribution operation here in Yemen, addressing hunger and promoting development through food-for-work projects, school meals programmes and other food assistance efforts throughout the country,” said USAID Yemen Mission Director Herbie Smith.
The US food will be distributed under the WFP’s current two-year Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation, which aims to provide assistance to some 6 million Yemenis, through activities such as relief food assistance, food and cash for work, school feeding and nutritional support for women and young children.