Kuwait Contributions to World Food Program

The United Nations World Food Program welcomes a new donation of US$50 million from the State of Kuwait for emergency food assistance in Yemen. The funds will be used to reach more than 2.5 million people over two months with wheat flour and oil through both direct distributions and WFP food assistance cards at retail outlets.

“This contribution reflects the generosity of the people and the Government of Kuwait. Under the leadership of His Highness the Emir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait has again stepped up its support to WFP to help us reach vulnerable families in Yemen.  

More than three years of conflict have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine; nearly 18 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from and more than eight million of them live in extreme hunger and depend entirely on external food assistance. 

This generous support from Kuwait will enable WFP to continue delivering food assistance to Yemeni people who need it most.

When one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen from preventable diseases, the key to saving lives is ending the fighting and ending hunger. As conflict continues in Yemen, more people are in danger of falling victim to hunger and disease. Yemen is currently the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. 22 million people out of the country’s 29 million need some form of humanitarian assistance. 

Kuwait is a major supporter of humanitarian and development assistance worldwide. In the last decade, Kuwait contributed nearly US$190 million to WFP operations internationally, helping to make significant steps towards alleviating hunger for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

Royal Group Charity can confirm that the State of Kuwait has saved many lives in emergencies and changed lives for millions of children around the world. Royal Group Charity will continue to support the Kuwait cause and mission by continuing its work in more than 40 countries around the world by feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.