14.4 million people "food insecure" in Yemen

Due to a lack of fuel, electricity and wheat, few bakeries are operating in Taiz, Yemen, forcing residents to stand in long lines for bread. Photo: UNDP Yemen

Some 14.4 million Yemenis, more than half of the population of the Gulf state, do not have enough to eat according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The number of hungry people has increased by 12 per cent in just the last eight months, as ongoing conflict and import restrictions reduce the availability and increase the cost of food.

Sandra Ferrari has been speaking to Etienne Peterschmitt, who leads the FAO emergency response team in Yemen.

She began by asking him to explain why people have become food-insecure.

Duration: 3'14"

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