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FAO’s role in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (2014-2015)
Years of conflict and protracted displacement – compounded by climate change, population growth and widespread unemployment – have made much of Yemen’s population extremely vulnerable. Poverty, limited access to natural resources and scarce income-generating opportunities have left many families hungry and malnourished.
The ability of vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs has been strained by the disruption of livelihoods due to conflict and the volatility of food and commodity prices, including agricultural inputs. A failure to address the underlying structural causes of food insecurity will aggravate the impact of such shocks on affected populations.
FAO’s role in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan
Under the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, FAO is appealing for USD 12 million to help severely affected families sustain their agricultural livelihoods. FAO’s strategy places resilience at the heart of its interventions, aiming to protect and diversify the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations (including IDPs, returnees, youth and women-headed households), while supporting food security coordination and related assessments.
- Improving availability of and access to food and agricultural inputs
FAO seeks to provide the most severely food-insecure households with quality livelihood inputs (crop, pastoral, agropastoral and fishery), to urgently restore food production and income generation.
- Safeguarding livestock assets and responding to pest infestations
Through emergency animal restocking, treatment and vaccination, as well as response to plant pests and diseases, FAO aims to help households protect their crops and livestock.
- Encouraging the diversification of livelihoods
FAO seeks to support alternative livelihoods and income-generating activities, as well as train IDPs on livelihood diversification strategies, in order to contribute to the food security of at-risk groups.
- Supporting food security and livelihood responses through information, analysis and coordination
FAO will continue supporting the collection and analysis of information for targeted interventions using the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification. Various assessments will be conducted so that timely, relevant and reliable information can be used to inform the response in the country. As co-lead of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster in Yemen with WFP, FAO will promote effective coordination to strengthen the capacity of Cluster partners (including national, regional and local government authorities) in risk identification, preparedness, response and monitoring.