Program Updates | Yemen

Last updated: November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

Mohammed has a vision: his generation can foster peace by continuing to serve the community and creating employment opportunities throughout Yemen.

October 4, 2019

Female entrepreneur Sameeha founded Rover Bird in 2009. The company distributes a range of local agricultural products, with a focus on coffee. “We faced huge problems in the beginning,” Sameeha recalls. “I was one of the very few Yemeni women to enter the coffee business. Men dominate the industry, and management level opportunities for women are very rare. Despite these hurdles, I managed to export to Japan, Ukraine, and some European countries – tiny quantities, but I realized I had real potential to grow.”

October 2, 2019

In the jagged hills of Bab Al-Khalsa – Wadi Baqlan village in Sana’a Governorate, Hameed grows coffee as his main crop, along with qat and a few cereals, to support his family of 10. Like his elders before him, Hameed used to harvest his coffee crop using traditional methods, picking a haphazard combination of premature yellow and green coffee cherries, then storing them in a location that was poorly sealed and unprotected.

September 16, 2019

Like millions of other rural farmers, Warda’s crops and income were destabilized by the war in Yemen. “Our suffering doubled when the war began; we could no longer care for our farm due to the absence of diesel, water scarcity, and the country’s economic conditions in general,” Warda explained.

August 8, 2019

Ahmed has been a farmer all of his life, like his father and grandfather before him. He grows garlic, cabbage, tomatoes, and beans on his 18 acre plot in Dhamar, Yemen. However, due to the conflict, farmers like Ahmed contend with fuel shortages and extreme price hikes for inputs. As a result, many farmers across the country are now left with barren fields. Even though Ahmed has continued to farm through this crisis, he has found it increasingly difficult to buy fuel to pump water from his well—forcing him to farm smaller areas and produce lower quality crops.