Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Yemen

February 24, 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 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 UN 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 FY17, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has provided 74,620 metric tons (MT) of in-kind commodities, valued at $67 million, to support WFP/Yemen. WFP reaches 6 million beneficiaries with in-kind food assistance across 18 governorates in Yemen.

  • Since FY16, FFP has supported WFP and NGO implementing partners with over $268 million in humanitarian assistance, which included more than more than 196,000 MT of U.S. sourced wheat, peas, and vegetable oil, as well as support to food voucher programs and therapeutic nutritional products for UNICEF.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $67.0 million 74,620 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: February 27, 2017

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