To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many people in Yemen were provided with food aid funded by UK Official Development Assistance in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020; and how many people in Yemen will be provided with food aid funded by UK Official Development Assistance in 2021.
26 October 2021
In the financial year 2019/2020, the UK met the food needs of more than 1 million Yemenis each month during the year and treated at least 70,000 children for malnutrition. In the financial year 2020/2021, the UK provided support to at least 500,000 vulnerable people each month with cash transfers and enrolled 73,000 children on malnutrition programmes. This financial year we have already provided one-off cash support to 1.5 million of Yemen's poorest households to help them buy food and basic supplies given the devastating impacts of Covid-19. The UK will also feed around 240,000 of the most vulnerable Yemenis every month and enrol over 50,000 children in malnutrition programmes. Despite the financial pressures at home, the UK remains a leading donor to the UN Yemen appeal.
The UK is playing a leading diplomatic role, and we are using all our diplomatic and humanitarian expertise to coordinate international efforts to bring parties to the conflict to the negotiating table. An inclusive political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability to Yemen and to address the worsening humanitarian crisis.