US Offers Yemen Commodity Assistance by $ 24 Million [Archives:2001/48/Local News]

November 26 2001

On November 3, 2001, the first shipment of United States commodity assistance, 8,189 metric tons of wheat flour, arrived in the port of Hodeidah. Other shipments are scheduled to arrive in the ports of Aden and Hodeidah over the coming months.
This shipment is part of a total commodity grant of 107,500 metric tons from the United States Department of Agriculture’s 416-(b)-commodity assistance program. This grant consists of 7,500 metric tons of non-fat dried milk and 30,000 metric tons of wheat flour.
Thus, commodities are donated by the United States government to the Republic of Yemen Government, which are, in turn, sold to the private sector. The proceeds of the sales are utilized to finance small and medium-sized social-related development projects with the objectives of alleviating poverty, promoting economic and agricultural development, improving health and education services and creating employment through labor-intensive infrastructure projects that are developed in conjunction with local administrators and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Such projects in the past have included constructing schools, orphanages health clinics, small water projects, and farm-to-markets roads, as well as rehabilitating the Yemeni National, the Magashem in the Old City of Sana’a and building the Sa’ilah (road/floodway) in the heart of the Old City of Sana’a. In FY 2000, the proceeds totaled $ 27 million and FY 2001 is estimated to total $24 million. The US grants Yemen an annual basis $40 million to support development.