Soaring food prices force more people below poverty line – WFP [Archives:2008/1151/Local News]

May 1 2008

SANAA, 29 April (IRIN) ) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) office in Yemen has said food price hikes have increased the number of people living below a US$2-a-day poverty line, and hampered achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Mohammed el-Kouhene, a WFP representative in Yemen, told IRIN that over the past three months an estimated 6 percent of Yemenis had dropped below the poverty line as a result of price hikes and drought.

“It is very difficult to give an up-to-date figure. The situation is certainly worse than what was mentioned three months ago