Yemen's fragile food security "deteriorating fast"

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UN pleads for access to Yemeni city of Taiz to avert humanitarian tragedy. File Photo: WHO

Yemen's fragile food security is deteriorating fast, the World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

The UN food agency said that 10 out of Yemen's 22 governorates are classified as facing food insecurity at emergency level; that's one step below famine.

Ana Carmo reports.

Yemen has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world.

Now, an estimated one in five people is "severely food insecure" and in urgent need of food assistance.

The UN said that humanitarian organizations need to be able to move freely and safely to provide assistance to reach people before they fall deeper into crisis. 

Meanwhile, the security situation in Yemen continues to be tense.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Airstrikes and ground conflict reported across the country have major implications for the ability of the World Food Programme to deliver food. Road access to Taiz from Sana'a is particularly affected by insecurity and conflict in the governorate. Despite colossal challenges, WFP has been reaching one million people on average every month since the conflict started."

In September and October, WFP scaled up its response, providing food assistance to over 2.5 million people across Yemen each month.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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