Half of Yemeni population faces "alarming" food insecurity

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A UNICEF doctor checks a child for malnutrition

Almost half of the population of Yemen is struggling to find enough food to eat, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Preliminary results of a survey carried out by WFP in cooperation with the Yemeni Central Statistical Organization (CSO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that five million people are unable to produce or buy the food they need.

The survey, conducted in November and December last year, interviewed almost 8,000 households in 19 out of 21 governorates in the country.

Abeer Etefa is WFP spokesperson in Cairo, Egypt.

"This is a pretty serious situation. Food insecurity in Yemen has now reached very alarming levels with nearly five million people who are severely food insecure and another five million who have an inadequate diet, which means that they are food insecure. So here we are talking about almost half of the Yemeni population struggling to feed their families."

Duration:  24″

Yemen has faced political unrest as people demanded the resignation of President Abdullah Saleh who eventually stepped down and paved the way for the election of President, Abbed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi.

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