Exclusive: Yemen Food Imports Disrupted, Conflict Pressures Supply Chain

A week into Saudi-led air-strikes in Yemen,Reuters says food imports into the Arab world's poorest country are grinding to a halt as the conflict puts fragile supply chains under growing strain and commercial suppliers stay away. Saudi Arabia and Arab allies began a bombing campaign last week against Iran-allied Houthi fighters who had taken over much of Yemen and now threaten the southern city of Aden, where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had taken refuge. Several ports are in rebel hands and fighting has made traveling by road perilous. Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including the lion's share of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of about 25 million.