UN to double food aid to Yemen, plans to reach 14mn people

        The UN&rsquo;s World Food Program (WFP) has said it will nearly double food aid to Yemen to reach 14 million people a month &ndash; almost half the country&rsquo;s population. Yemen is in the grip of the world&rsquo;s worst hunger crisis as government troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition battles Houthi rebels. On Wednesday, 35 Yemeni and international NGOs called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the impoverished country, and said 14 million people were &ldquo;on the brink of famine,&rdquo; AFP reported. The WFP is providing food assistance to about seven to eight million people every day,<em> &ldquo;but the situation has now got so dire that WFP is preparing to scale up,&rdquo;</em> spokesman Herve Verhoosel said in Geneva on Thursday.