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The conflict in Yemen has escalated since March 2015. Now entering its fourth year, the ongoing conflict is compounding an already severe protracted humanitarian crisis. Some 75 percent (22.2 million people) of the country’s total population of 29.3 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 17.8 million Yemenis food insecure, including 8.4 million who are severely food insecure.

The ongoing conflict has led to a severe economic decline and collapsed essential services, taking an enormous toll on the population and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. The expansion of the conflict has also led to large-scale displacement and high rates of malnutrition.

The agriculture sector is among the worst hit by the current crisis and local food production has been severely compromised. Before the current escalation of conflict, Yemen was in dire need of strengthening its agriculture sector. With the deterioration of the security situation, FAO is increasing its effort to support local food production and to protect the livelihoods of highly vulnerable rural populations.

FAO’s priority interventions are to:

  • restore agriculture-based livelihoods for crop production, rehabilitation of agriculture infrastructure through cash-for-work, income-generating activities, greenhouses and solar pump irrigation and input trade fairs.
  • increase livestock production through livestock restocking, poultry and fishing support, and emergency vaccination and treatment.
  • strengthen coordination for food security and agriculture through regular meetings to enhance collaboration, key appeal documents, and agriculture and food security surveys and analyses.

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