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SANA'A – At a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Government of Germany formally pledged a contribution of €25 million (US$33.77 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to combat malnutrition and support girls' education in Yemen.
Stemming from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the contribution will be channelled through German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
"This extremely generous contribution will enable us to provide supplementary feeding for thousands of children under two who are at risk of malnutrition, as well as to treat malnourished young children and pregnant and nursing mothers," said WFP Yemen Representative and Country Director Bishow Parajuli.
"In addition, these funds allow us to expand our caseload of girls receiving take-home food rations in exchange for regular school attendance to 100,000 from 35,000," Parajuli added.
The German contribution will also support monthly food distributions to severely food-insecure Yemeni households under WFP's current emergency operation.
WFP is currently providing assistance to some 5 million people in Yemen, including 600,000 internally displaced people (IDPs); 325,000 children under two years with malnutrition prevention activities; 200,000 children under five with malnutrition treatment activities; 157,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women with nutrition support and 3.8 million food insecure under its emergency safety net.
From July 2014, WFP will be launching a new two-year, US$500-million Protracted Relief and Recovery operation, aiming to reach some 6 million people with a range of activities, including school feeding, cash and food for work and nutrition support interventions, as well as relief assistance for the most food insecure.
"This new operation reflects a gradual shift from providing relief to building recovery and resilience, helping people overcome barriers to food and nutrition security and manage the consequences of conflict and natural stresses," said Parajuli. "We hope we can count on continued generous support from Germany and KfW."
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