(WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent signed on Tuesday an agreement detailing development projects in Yemen's Governorates of Lahej, Abyan, Dhala and Taiz. The signing of the agreement comes within the launch of the second phase of the Year of Zayed development works that the aid authority has undertaken. The total value of the projects to be conducted is at AED9 million and includes the education, utility infrastructure, and food security sectors, Saeed Al Ali, head of the ERC team in Aden, explained. He added that the projects would entail the construction and refurbishment of school buildings, the digging of water wells, and the distribution of food parcels. The ERC's Year of Zayed project plan entails three phases, with the aim to distribute 45,000 food baskets, ensuring the building of water wells to benefit some 1.5 million Yemenis, in addition to the construction and equipping of 45 schools across the four governorates.