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November 4, 2013
Food Security Situation
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen has resulted in food insecurity for nearly 10 million people. Yemen’s malnutrition levels are among the highest in the world; according to the U.N.’s Office of Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly one in three children is malnourished in certain parts of the country. This is due to high food and fuel prices, rising poverty, poor child feeding practices, a breakdown of social services, diminishing resources and internal conflict and political instability.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Yemen remains high at 385,320. The number has declined from 507,000 in September 2012. Additionally, some 237,182 refugees still remain in Yemen, of which an estimated 95 percent are from Somalia.
Yemen depends heavily on imports to meet its cereal needs. On average, imports make up nearly 95 percent of Yemen’s wheat, rice and maize supply. Despite above average cereal production in 2013, overall production levels will fall drastically short of meeting countrywide needs, further continuing Yemen’s dependence on cereal imports.
Food Asssistance Programs
The USAID/Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED), the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to provide direct general distribution of food and ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to address acute and chronic food insecurity needs of approximately 1,113,000 food insecure Yemeni.
In September, FFP partnered with Mercy Corps, Global Communities and Save the Children to build the resilience of more than 378,000 food insecure individuals in Al Dhale'e, Dhamar, Ibb, Lahj, Raymah, Sana’a and Taizz through food-for-assets and food-voucher distribution activities. These awards were given in conjunction with a USAID/Yemen Mission-led effort to build resilience and strengthen livelihoods of Yemenis nationwide.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$75.0 million||56,320 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$70.3 million||55,290 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$25.0 million||18,990 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$12.7 million||13,880 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$2.4 million||3,900 MT|
Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$50.2 milliion||56,320 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$24.8 million||----|
Note: MT: Metric Ton; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program. Food security situation provided by WFP, OCHA, UNHCR and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization as of October 2013; Refugee information provided by UNHCR as of October 2013.
Last updated: November 04, 2013