The Yemeni people are facing a worsening humanitarian crisis with more than ten million – 44 per cent of the population – facing food insecurity. With the onset of the hunger season, many families have exhausted their coping strategies and are being driven deeper into poverty.
Donors remain deeply divided over their approaches to the region’s poorest country, thus delaying responses and hindering funding. As the crisis builds, donors must take steps to address immediate humanitarian needs as well as making long term commitments to promote development. The Friends of Yemen ministerial meeting in Riyadh offers a critical opportunity for donors to be decisive, creative and generous if they are to break the cycle of hunger and poverty in Yemen.
Yemen’s future depends upon reducing people’s vulnerability and building resilience for the long term, breaking the hunger cycle and empowering people to realize their potential. Failure to act now will put more lives at risk and further entrench poverty in the country.