United States Supports Ukrainian Grain Imports for Humanitarian Needs in Yemen

Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and
the Government of Ukraine, are pleased to announce the arrival to Yemen of 30,000 metric tons of
Ukrainian wheat. This shipment, which is jointly funded by the United States, France, and
Spain, will help feed 4 million Yemenis for one month. Facilitated by the Black Sea Grain
Initiative, USAID’s support to the UN World Food Program (WFP) facilitates grain exports from
Ukraine to help feed people around the world facing staggering levels of food insecurity. These
exports are integral to saving lives amid global shortages and rising food prices exacerbated by
the Russian war on Ukraine.

The U.S. government has provided $532 million in humanitarian assistance in 2023 to date,
bringing total contributions to approximately $5.6 billion to the people of Yemen since the start
of the conflict. U.S. humanitarian assistance, including our support to WFP, includes direct food
assistance, safe drinking water, nutrition, health care, shelter for internally displaced persons,
and protection services such as support for gender-based violence to meet needs made even
worse by food crises. To date, U.S. support, combined with the relative calm created by the UN-
brokered truce, has enabled 2.2 million Yemenis to avoid experiencing acute food insecurity and
tens of thousands of others to avoid slipping into famine-level conditions. However more than
two-thirds of Yemen’s population, or approximately 21.6 million children, women, and men,
continue to require humanitarian and protection assistance to survive. Since humanitarian
assistance alone cannot address the roots of this crisis, we urge a return to a comprehensive,
inclusive Yemeni-Yemeni peace process, under UN auspices, aimed at reaching a durable
resolution to the conflict.

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