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Yemen: Famine

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 137149, tabled on 13 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to tackle famine in northern Yemen.

Answered on

22 January 2021

The UK is extremely concerned about increased levels of food insecurity and risk of famine across Yemen with 13.5 million people currently struggling to get enough food to eat and 16,500 people already living in famine conditions. We are playing a leading role in combating hunger in Yemen by committing £214 million this financial year (2020/21), of which £200m has already been disbursed.

Our funding is providing support to at least 500,000 vulnerable people each month to help them buy food and household essentials, enrolling 25,000 children on malnutrition programmes and providing 1 million people with improved water supply and basic sanitation across Yemen.