Hacking Hunger Episode #30: A Nation on the Brink of Famine

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Podcast Summary

Years of conflict have pushed Yemen to the edge of famine. There are 8 million people in the country suffering from severe hunger, and intensifying violence could bring this number to 12 million. WFP’s Yemen Country Director, Stephen Anderson, talks about his experience on the ground in Yemen. He shares the stories of Yemenis struggling to feed their families, and how WFP is doing whatever it takes to deliver food and nutrition to the people who need it the most.

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Guest Bio: Stephen Anderson

Stephen Anderson, the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director for Yemen, works in a country facing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises with more than 17 million people that are food insecure. Anderson, who was born in Nairobi, spent part of his early childhood in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

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He says his motivation to work for WFP comes mainly by the fact that the UN plays a unique and often indispensable role in many humanitarian emergency situations.

“My favorite part is the sense of pulling together as a team when faced with a particularly challenging situation, which often includes providing logistics and IT services to other humanitarian agencies that rely on our support.”