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Economic Growth and Trade

Yemeni farmers in a greenhouse of cucumbers
A farmer at a USAID-funded greenhouse in Sana’a holds a bag of cucumbers. The greenhouse uses modern farming technology, including solar panels and a drip irrigation system.

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:

  • Training to more than 16,000 farmers on best agricultural practices, animal and crop treatments against disease, and crop and livestock management.
  • Vaccinations for more than 800,000 animals against sheep pox and pestes des petits ruminants, benefitting more than 20,000 families.
  • Training to more than 150 agriculture extension agents in livestock, beekeeping and food processing. 


Last updated: June 01, 2018

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