Middle East

Photo: Children sit in front of a tub of moldy bread in their shelter in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen, last month. The U.N. has estimated that up to 14 million Yemenis — about half the country’s population — will suffer severe food shortages in the next few months. [Hani Mohammed/AP]

UNICEF Official Calls Yemen A Living Hell For Children

by Jane Arraf NPR November 5, 2018

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening, with millions of children at risk of starvation and fighting intensifying despite international pressure for a cease-fire in the country's civil war, according to a senior United Nations official who last week visited the rebel-held port of Hodeidah...

Photo: People living in the Sultanate can expect to see a very large increase in the number of locally-grown fruits by 2023. [courtesy Times of Oman]

Million fruit trees planted in Oman in bid to boost food security

by Times News Service Times of Oman November 4, 2018

Oman’s government has planted more than one million fruit trees as it seeks to ensure its food-security in the future, and at the same time wean itself from foodstuffs exported from overseas....

Photo: Homeless children stand on a road in Hodeidah, Yemen, Feb. 12, 2018. [Voice of America]

Chronic Hunger Stalks Millions in War-Torn Yemen

by Lisa Schlein Voice of America October 24, 2018

The U.N. World Food Program is scaling up its emergency food and nutrition program for millions of Yemeni civilians who are on the brink of famine. The WFP warns conditions in the country continue to worsen as more than three years of escalating warfare have pushed the country’s economic and healt...

World Food Day 2018 celebrated in Iraq under the theme “Our Actions Are Our Future, Ending World Hunger by 2030 is Possible”

by World Food Programme Relief Web October 24, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq, in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme in Iraq (WFP) celebrated the World Food Day under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Agriculture at the Ministry in Baghdad. The theme for this event...

Photo: A severely malnourished infant is bathed in a bucket in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. [Hammadi Issa/AP]

Isolated and unseen, Yemenis eat leaves to stave off famine

by Maggie Michael AP News September 18, 2018

In a remote pocket of northern Yemen, many families with starving children have nothing to eat but the leaves of a local vine, boiled into a sour, acidic green paste. International aid agencies have been caught off guard by the extent of the suffering there as parents and children waste away....

Yemen Food Security Outlook: Weakening of the national currency further impacts food and fuel prices

by FEWS Net FEWS Net September 2, 2018

Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity, according to the latest report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net)....

Photo: Mariam bint Mohammed Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security. [Victor Besa / The National]

Stronger regional ties could ensure food security, says minister

by Anam Rizvi The National UAE July 2, 2018

Stronger regional ties in agriculture and production are being urged to ensure food security in the United Arab Emirates. Mariam bint Mohammed Al Mehairi, Minister of State for Food Security, said its future in the Middle East and North Africa depended on strengthening economic and trade co-operatio...

Photo: Umm Mizrah, a 25-year-old Yemeni woman, holds her son Mizrah on a scale in Al-Sadaqa Hospital in the southern Yemen city of Aden in this Feb. 13, 2018 photo. [Nariman El-Mofty/AP]

Mothers Fight for Children’s Lives, Hunger in Yemen

by Susan Shand Voice of America May 9, 2018

The United Nations says 2.9 million women and children in Yemen are acutely malnourished. Nearly one third of Yemen’s population, or 8.4 million people, are fed with food aid or else they would go hungry. That number has grown by 25 percent over the past year. Aid agencies say that parts of Yemen ...

Photo: An internally displaced woman and her daughter look over the city of Sana’a, Yemen, from the roof of this dilapidated building they call their new home. [Giles Clarke/UN OCHA]

Yemen facing largest famine the world has seen for decades, warns UN aid chief

by United Nations News Centre United Nations News Centre November 10, 2017

Top United Nations humanitarian official warns Yemen will be gripped by famine – one the likes of which the world has not seen in years – if the blockade on basic supplies into the country imposed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is not lifted immediately....

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