The Japanese government pledged to provide a new grant to Yemen of $7 million to enhance food security in Yemen through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); According to the news agency “Saba”.
Last Friday, Japan signed an agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization to support Yemen and contribute US$7 million (771,000,000 Japanese yen) to enhance food security for vulnerable IDPs and agricultural and pastoral families in Yemen.
The financing agreement was signed in the Italian capital, Rome, by the Japanese ambassador to Italy, Hiroshi, and the Deputy Director-General of FAO, broadcast by Beshdol.
The support will be allocated to the implementation of the “Provision of Agricultural and Pastoral Livelihoods Support Project to Respond to the Urgent Needs of IDPs and their Host Communities.”
The project aims to enhance the food and nutrition security of the vulnerable IDPs of farming pastoralists and herding families in Yemen through improving food production.
According to the Japanese Embassy in Yemen, this contribution of $7 million is an additional grant to the $58.7 million humanitarian assistance package, which the government of Japan decided to provide to the Yemeni people this year, bringing the total Japan contribution to Yemen in 2021 to $65.7 million. .
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will implement a number of emergency activities to protect livelihoods and provide life-saving support to 189,490 vulnerable people. And through this project. The organization will also work to increase safe access to fuel and energy by building energy-efficient traditional mud stoves, one for each beneficiary family.
The stoves will be built through the cash-for-work method by unemployed young IDPs and people with disabilities who are sufficiently capable, and the organization will train them in building the stoves.
The organization will also provide them with the necessary tools and materials. The cash-for-work approach will enhance income generation opportunities among the selected trainees who can be employed to build additional stoves for families of neighboring host communities as well as for IDP families through future interventions by humanitarian actors.
FAO will also work with community animal health workers to provide essential animal health care services to herders and agricultural herders in remote areas. It will enhance livestock production by supporting and training families to improve their ability to produce food of animal origin for consumption or sale in local markets.
The project will also improve access to high quantities of improved forage through the distribution of feed concentrates, feed pellets and minerals. As well as developing good animal husbandry practices.
The UN says that these interventions will not only contribute to enhancing the availability and access to food; reducing acute food insecurity and malnutrition; It restores livelihoods and family income, but also ensures the nutritional value of the family and food baskets at the community level.
FAO will also focus on strengthening land and water management in local communities through the rehabilitation of water infrastructure and solar pumps and the use of modern, highly efficient and improved irrigation and water transmission systems.
Food-insecure families will also be supported through conditional cash-for-work transfers such as repairing and building critical community water infrastructure.