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The conflict in Yemen has escalated since March 2015, compounding an already severe protracted humanitarian crisis. Around 21.2 million people require humanitarian assistance, out of a population of 26 million. This includes 14.4 million Yemenis facing food insecurity, including 7.6 million who are severely food insecure.

The ongoing conflict is having serious impacts on food imports, transportation networks and market supply, and consequently on the price of imported and locally-produced food commodities. This represents a serious threat as Yemen imports 90–95 percent of its staple food and continued instability is expected to heavily impact local agricultural production and marketing.

Although only a small share of food is produced domestically, nearly two-thirds of Yemenis derive their livelihoods from agriculture. 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:

  • provide livelihood inputs and support for crop production, backyard gardening, poultry raising, livestock production and health, and fisheries.
  • increase water supply for farming purposes, including the distribution of solar water pumps and rehabilitation of water infrastructure (e.g. wells, canals, cisterns and reservoirs).
  • implement cash and voucher transfer based activities and support income-generating activities linked to the production of food with high nutritional value, focused on women’s groups.

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