SAUDI ARABIA SUPPORTS WFP
SAUDI ARABIA SUPPORTS WFP TO ADDRESS MALNUTRITION IN HODEIDAH, YEMEN
Contribution of 10 million dollars by the King Salman Center for Aid and Relief in favor of the World Food Programme’s humanitarian operations in Yemen.
On Friday 25 November 2016, took place in Rome the signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the King Salman Center for Aid and Relief Humanitarian (KSRELEF) of Saudi Arabia and the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations which provides for the contribution by the KSRELIEF of the sum of $ 10 million in support of activities implemented by WFP to fight the dramatic levels of malnutrition in the Governorate of Hodeidah in Yemen.
In support of WFP’s efforts to provide food assistance to Yemen, the KSrelief contribution will be used to provide six months of emergency food rations to nearly 465,000 people. H.E. Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief signed the agreement today with WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “We are grateful for the continuous support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This contribution will boost efforts to fight malnutrition and address the chronic challenge of hunger in Hodeidah.” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.
This agreement certifies the continuous and fruitful cooperation between the Kingdom and the World Food Programme. Saudi Arabia is the third larger provider of aid assistance worldwilde and comes at the top of world countries concerning the providing foreign aid in comparison with the gross national product. Saudi foreign aid reached 5.45% of its annual average GDP, far greater than that proposed by the UN or actually achieved by the advanced industrial countries.
Saudi assistance is provided bilaterally and multilaterally. Bilateral assistance is provided through institutions such as the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the newly created King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre inaugurated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman, in 2015. The KSRELIEF is currently working closely with 62 global agencies including UN agencies, NGOs and regional partners.
The KSRELIEF has undertaken with 73 partners about 72 programs/ projects, providing assistance to about 62 million people for a total volume of aids that amounts to $410,659,487 so far. The aim of these programs were three main sectors:
- Food security: 29 programs were conducted in cooperation with 24 partners for a total volume of $205,304,976
- Health sector: 30 programs were conducted in cooperation with 39 partners for a total volume of $125,346,049.
- Humanitarian programs: 13 aid programs were conducted in cooperation with 10 partners for a total volume of $80,008,462. The total number of beneficiaries of the programs exceeds 4.5 million.
The center is giving top priority to war-torn Yemen because of the sufferings of the people there. In Yemen , Saudi Arabia represented by King Salman Center ranks No. 1 in terms of total volume of aids to the Country. Up to now, more than 413 million dollars were given to Yemen. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Dr. Rayed Khalid A. Krimly, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Italy and Malta. Yemenis ” are our brothers ”, said the Ambassador . ” For 30 years, we have contributed to 7% of Yemen’s GDP – 12% if we consider the remittances – and today about 3,800 Yemeni students find shelter and study in our schools ”. Talking about the current conflict in Yemen he said “The solution can only be political and inclusive. And the Houthis are part of it ”.