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Ein glücklicher Mann bei der Nahrungsmittelverteilung im Jemen.

Fighting Hunger with Cash

Project Status Ongoing
Main sector
Humanitarian Assistance
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

For over two years, Yemen has been wracked by civil war. More than 3.3 million people have already fled the armed conflicts. 18.8 million people, roughly 70% of the population, remain in the conflict zone. Their situation is getting more and more desperate.

Drinking water is scarce, food is running out, and prices for the little food that is left are rising daily. 7.1 million people are threatened by famine, 6.8 million people are currently dependent on transfer benefits. Particularly many people are going hungry in the regions of Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah, Taizz, Al Dhale’e and Al Jawf. Welthungerhilfe and its Alliance2015 partner ACTED are supporting victims with a cash transfer programme.

Programme participants are selected through population surveys.
Programme participants are selected through population surveys. © ACTED
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Emergency Aid at Welthungerhilfe

350,000 Euros for Food Security

Especially affected areas are being offered EUR 350,000 of emergency aid. This money is going toward a project for food security. In addition, some of the population is receiving cash, allowing people to quickly and simply buy food and urgently needed goods. About 11,500 people are being supported this way. 

ACTED has already had good experiences with cash transfer programmes in Yemen. Cash aid, as distributed here in Yemen, often provides more effective and longer-lasting help than does distributing goods: It can be offered quickly and flexibly, and beneficiaries can meet their individual basic needs. This guarantees flexibility and the freedom to make decisions even in emergency situations. Standardised aid packets, on the other hand, do not always cover the needs of all beneficiaries.

The advantage of cash distribution: People can buy what they need for themselves.
The advantage of cash distribution: People can buy what they need for themselves. © Welthungerhilfe
How Welthungerhilfe Supports People in Yemen

(Project numbers: YEM 1001-17 and YEM 1002-17)

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