The $100 million project will provide cash transfers to around 400,000 eligible poor households over the next 12 to 15 months. About ten million Yemenis are considered food insecure and sixty percent of children under five are malnourished. The two-year emergency project will support the Social Welfare Fund cash transfer program and ensure that the intended beneficiaries are receiving appropriate and timely assistance.
“The rise in food prices and the 2008 floods combined with political instability have taken a toll on Yemenis, particularly the most vulnerable,” said Kamel Braham, World Bank team leader for the project. “The emergency crisis recovery project will provide immediate assistance to poor families who have been trying to cope by surviving on less food, foregoing medical treatment or taking their children out of school.”