The World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday it planned to double its food aid to Yemen to reach each month in Yemen to 14 million people - nearly half the population - to avert widespread famine.
" Yemen is already the largest hunger crisis in the world, with millions of people living on the edge of famine in one of the poorest countries on the planet.", the UN program said in a statement, stressing the need for more money to feed.
Yemen is the largest hunger crisis in the world. Millions of people are living on the edge of famine and the situation is getting worse by the day, which is already providing food assistance to 7-8 million Yemenis.," said WFP`s spokesperson Herve Verhoosel.
The food provided by WFP and other humanitarian assistance has played an active role in helping to prevent famine," he said. "But indications are that more efforts are needed to avert widespread famine, according Verhoosel.
"This means that almost half of the population has little to eat and therefore is only one step away from starvation," he said.
The program called for an immediate end to the violence to give Yemen "an opportunity to get out of the brink of starvation."
In WFP spokesperson wrned that Yemen risked becoming a nation of “living ghosts” , he stressed that Humanitarian organizations can not do much work under the relentless bombings and terrible war tactics that leave no one.
The World Food Program said most of the aid would be food supplies, but some would be in the form of cash transfers.
Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Houthis had ousted the internationally recognized government in late 2014.
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015.
Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead in Yemen, already the Arab world's poorest country and more than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid 8.4 million of whom are on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.