UN World Food Programme (WFP)

unct-ye-wfp-boy-image-2016Two boys are smiling to each other after they got WFP food assistance in al-Mansorah district in Aden (Photo: Ammar Bamatraf, WFP)


WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP helps meet emergency and protracted relief food needs, supports economic and social development, and promotes food security. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict, economic crisis and natural disasters. Following emergencies, WFP uses food assistance to help restore food security and nutrition, while supporting communities to rebuild shattered lives. It also helps communities to meet their own food needs, reduce malnutrition, and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

In response to the escalated conflict in Yemen, WFP shifted its activities towards life-saving interventions. In October 2015, WFP launched an Emergency Operation (EMOP) that aims to provide food assistance to conflict-affected and food-insecure people in Yemen. The EMOP activities include delivery of assistance through in-kind food and market-based interventions (cash and voucher transfers); nutrition support to malnourished children and pregnant and nursing mothers. Furthermore, starting from April 2016, the EMOP will incorporate support to refugees from the Horn of Africa in the Kharaz camp. Gradually scaling up its response, WFP plans to reach 5 million people through in-kind food assistance, and 1 million people through market-based intervention, by the end of 2016.

As a lead agency for Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Clusters, WFP operates Special Operations (SO) to ensure the required services for the entire humanitarian community. On behalf of Logistics Cluster, WFP delivers inter-agency cargo to Yemen and provides fuel for humanitarian activities. Since 27 April, WFP also launched United Nations Humanitarian Air Service Special Operation (UNHAS SO) that provides three times per week flights to Sana’a for humanitarian workers. WFP, together with FAO, is a co-lead of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster.