Japan gives $8 mn to boost food security in Yemen
The Japanese funds will go towards inputs and services in Yemen's crucial agriculture sector, including the distribution of cereal and legumes seeds, restocking of livestock, and the rehabilitation of irrigation systems and other agricultural facilities, using "cash for work", the FAO said in a statement on Thursday.
These measures will help hungry households produce life-saving food and generate income as well as stimulate local economies through rural job creation, the statement said.
Under the project, FAO also intends to focus on emergency livestock assistance and protection. Provision of animal feed and animal health services such as vaccination campaigns will ensure that products, especially milk, are available to the most vulnerable members of the poor families -- especially children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
The Japanese funding will also enable FAO to improve food production practices and strengthen communities' ability to manage land, soil and water resources in a sustainable manner, as well as their resilience.
The current humanitarian situation in Yemen is worse than any the world has experienced in the last few decades. With the conflict now entering its fifth year, almost 16 million people in Yemen (53 per cent of the population) are experiencing severe acute hunger, FAO said.
FAO is appealing for a total $218.5 million to provide agricultural support to 8.6 million people in Yemen this year.
Japan is the second largest contributor to FAO's regular budget, and a leading voluntary contributor to FAO's field programmes.