Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East with four in ten Yemenis living in poverty.
The agriculture sector, which employs over half of the country’s active workforce, forms the foundation of Yemen’s rural society. During the past decade, agricultural production has decreased, resulting in food shortages, extremely high dependency on food imports, high unemployment and increased poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
A robust agriculture sector will help develop sustainable economic livelihoods for rural Yemenis. USAID is working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation to increase the availability of water, rehabilitate aging agricultural facilities, teach improved farming techniques, and develop new market opportunities for world-class Yemeni products (Arabica coffee, honey, fruits and vegetables) that will increase small-scale farmer income, create employment opportunities and improve food security.
Our impacts in this sector include:
Last updated: January 14, 2014