7 mln in Yemen on brink of famine – FAO

Two thirds of population suffer serious food insecurity

13 July, 14:40

    7 mln in Yemen on brink of famine – FAO 7 mln in Yemen on brink of famine – FAO

     - Rome - Seventeen million people in Yemen, or two-thirds of the population, are suffering from major food insecurity and of these, seven million are on the brink of famine, FAO director general José Graziano da Silva said in a briefing to the UN Security Council. In a video link from Geneva, he noted how conflict and violence in Yemen - "the largest humanitarian crisis today" - have disrupted agricultural livelihoods and are intensifying in some of the most food insecure and famine-risk areas.

    "The need for long-term political solutions for achieving sustainable peace in Yemen is unquestionable, but there is much we can do now to fight hunger and malnutrition," Graziano da Silva said.

    "We save lives by saving livelihoods," he added.

    "If we don't urgently address the needs of rural people - who make up 70 percent of Yemen's population - we will not have the prospect for a better future," he concluded. 

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