Spike In Food Price Pushes Yemenis At Risk Of “Extreme Hunger”

Oxfam International on Thursday warned of increasing poverty and “excessive hunger” among Yemeni families as a result of the rapid surge in food costs.

Ferran Puig, Oxfam in Yemen Country Director, said that the massive increase in food prices endangers millions of people who are now at risk of starvation.

“Families who have been pushed to the brink by seven years of conflict are being tipped over the edge as basic food costs increase beyond their reach,” Puig added. “World leaders must act swiftly to prevent catastrophic hunger and a worsening humanitarian situation.”

Since March, the cost of bread, flour, cooking oil, eggs, and sugar has all risen by more than a third.

  • Flour increased by 38%
  • Cooking oil increased by 45%
  • Sugar increased by 36%
  • Rice increased by 30%
  • Canned beans increased by 38%
  • Powder milk increased by 36%
  • Eggs increased by 35%

“Such price hikes haven’t been seen since the country was subject to a blockade and never for such a prolonged period,” Oxfam said in a statement.

According to the statement, a worsening global food crisis is compounding the already devastated country’s struggle with over seven years of warfare.

The price of petrol and diesel has gone up by 43% in the first quarter of this year. Oxfam has asked for international assistance to allow food aid into Yemen to help control rising prices.

“Above all, Yemen needs a permanent end to conflict so people can safely live, and earn a living. The warring parties should extend tru

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