UNDP to launch food security, emergency livelihoods and rights protection activities in Yemen

Aug 27, 2015

The initiative will address immediate food security needs among affected communities, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in the Aden, Hajjah, Abyan, Sa’ada and Sana’a Governorates.

Sana’a – 27 August 2015 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is set to launch an initiative with support from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to improve food security and support the protection of human rights in crisis-affected communities in Yemen.

The agreement, aimed at providing much-needed assistance to the people in Yemen affected by ongoing conflict, was signed in Riyadh on August 27, 2015. The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will contribute US $1,743,200 for an initial three-month duration.

The initiative will address immediate food security needs among affected communities, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in the Aden, Hajjah, Abyan, Sa’ada and Sana’a Governorates. UNDP will support local food producers with production inputs and assets while hiring IDPs and other poor families in cash-for-work programmes to rehabilitate community water infrastructure.

More than 12 million people in Yemen already do not have enough food. This number is set to rise as the conflict continues to disrupt all stages of the supply chain.  This initial step will help restore the capacity of local food production and water infrastructure while boosting income for families and communities.

The initiative also aims to boost the protection of civilians and humanitarian personnel through psycho-social assistance and documenting of human rights violations. These activities will be carried out by local civil society organizations (CSOs) trained by UNDP. The continuing violence and collapse of law and order has given rise to a serious deterioration of human rights in Yemen, including arbitrary detention and violence against women.

 “The conflict in Yemen has created a humanitarian and developmental disaster,” said Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP Country Director for Yemen. “Economic and governmental systems have collapsed. Communities and individuals, who have long survived poverty and injustice with incredible solidarity and tenacity in the past, are now deprived of their means and coping mechanisms to protect and provide for their families. UNDP welcomes this initiative and the financial contribution that has made it possible.  The agreement comes at a critical time to support Yemeni people to get back on their feet to overcome the hardship inflicted by the war. Only in collaboration with our international partners may we be able to respond to this colossal challenge.”

Contact information

For more information: Please contact Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP Country Directory, Yemen. Mobile: (+967) 71 222 2201 | E-mail: mikiko.tanaka@undp.org

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