10 million Yemenis "still struggle for food"

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Woman seated on a rocky ledge looking at the terraced valley below, Al Jabin, Yemen Arab Republic. UN Photo/Ian Steele

Ten million people in Yemen are still struggling to find enough food to eat, according to two UN agencies.

A survey by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows that 40 per cent of Yemenis don't know where their next meal will come from.

Around five million people are severely food insecure and are suffering from levels of hunger where external food assistance is generally required.

The prevalence of chronic malnutrition among children under the age of five is beyond the international benchmark of "critical."

Levels of food insecurity across the country have, however,  showed a slight decline from 45 per cent to 41 per cent, since the last similar survey in 2011.

But the agencies say there are huge variations among the 22 Yemeni governorates or provinces.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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