Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Yemen

August 17, 2017

Food Security Situation 

Map of Yemen
CIA World Factbook
  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that as of April 2017, an estimated 20.7 million people require humanitarian or protection assistance in order to meet their basic needs, including 17.2 million people at risk of severe hunger or starvation.

  • According to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), Yemen faces the largest food security emergency in the world. A significant number of people across Yemen continue to face Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity. FEWS NET reports that famine is possible in Yemen if food imports drop and/or conflict further restricts markets and humanitarian access.

  • The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) estimates that at least 3.2 million people are conflict-related internally displaced persons (IDPs), and over 460,000 children under 5 are acutely malnourished.

Food Assistance Programs

  • To date in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has contributed more than $313.8 million to support WFP and other non-governmental (NGO) implementing partners in Yemen, including 320,410 metric tons (MT) of in-kind commodities for WFP emergency food distribution. WFP targets 6.8 million severely food-insecure individuals with in-kind food assistance across 20 governorates in Yemen.

  • Since FY 2016, FFP has supported WFP and non-governmental organization (NGO) implementing partners with over $513.6 million in humanitarian assistance, which included more than 474,000 MT of U.S.-sourced wheat, peas, and vegetable oil, as well as support to food voucher programs and therapeutic nutritional products for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).   

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $313.8 million 320,410 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $200.8 million 153,980 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $71.5 million 60,360 MT

Note: MT: Metric Ton. Food security situation provided by WFP, OCHA, UNHCR. FY 2017 contribution based on funds obligated to date.


Last updated: August 17, 2017

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