Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Yemen

May 26, 2017

Food Security Situation 

Map of Yemen
CIA World Factbook
  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that as of February 2017, an estimated 18.8 million people require humanitarian or protection assistance in order to meet their basic needs, including 10.3 million people who acutely need aid to save or sustain their lives. This represents an increase of almost 20 percent since late 2014 and is driven by growing needs in all sectors after nearly two years of conflict.

  • 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 provided 136,620 metric tons (MT) of in-kind commodities, valued at over $144 million, to support WFP/Yemen. WFP reaches 6 million beneficiaries with in-kind food assistance across 20 governorates in Yemen.

  • Since FY 2016, USAID/FFP has supported WFP and non-governmental organization (NGO) implementing partners with over $382.8 million in humanitarian assistance, which included more than 258,000 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 $183.0 million 136,620 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $199.8 million 121,810 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $71.5 million 60,360 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $67.8 million 48,870 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $75.0 million 56,320 MT

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


Last updated: May 26, 2017

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