WFP boosts support to millions in YemenListen /
The World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up operations in Yemen where 10 million people—nearly half the population—is suffering from hunger.
WFP reports Yemen's child malnutrition rates are among the world's highest, with close to two million children under five years old stunted and one million youngsters acutely malnourished.
WFP spokesperson in Geneva Elisabeth Byers told UN Radio about the factors behind the crisis.
"The situation is deteriorating because of several factors. First of all high food prices, high fuel prices, poverty is increasing, we can see a breakdown of social services, internal conflict, insecurity, political instability: all together you have a deepening humanitarian crisis." (Duration: 25″)
WFP will assist more than five million people in Yemen by the end of the year, including pregnant women, nursing mothers and malnourished children.