FAO appeals for USD 25 million against the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016

FAO appeals for USD 25 million against the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016

06/03/2016

FAO requests urgent donor support for life-saving interventions to reach the most affected and most vulnerable populations, to protect their livelihoods and to build their resilience to shock, against the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) for 2016, launched in Geneva and Sana’a on 18th February 2016.

A staggering 21.1 million people, more than 80 percent of the total Yemeni population, are in need of humanitarian assistance. The escalation of conflict and civil insecurity, poor crop harvest and disruptions of markets and trade activities have further deteriorated the dire food insecurity in Yemen. More than half of the population (14.4 million) is food insecure. More than 2.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes and suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition. It is expected that without rapid humanitarian assistance 7.6 million people who are severely food insecure will face immediate risk of starvation.

“We are extremely concerned by this escalated fighting. It is pushing Yemen to the brink of humanitarian disaster”, said Salah Hajj Hassan, FAO representative in Yemen.

The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) co-lead by FAO and WFP requests USD 848.5 million to target 8.9 million food insecure people, including IDPs, in order to improve availability of and access to food for the most vulnerable; ensure equitable access and protection for women, girls, boys and men in all activities; improve food security by supporting agricultural livelihoods systems, strategies and assets, and strengthen the capacity of partners, communities and authorities on preparedness and response.

FAO plans to assist 495,000 food insecure people and urgently seeks USD 25 million to improve immediate food availability and access, diversify and strengthen agricultural livelihoods, improve water management, protect livestock and plant health, and improve food security information, analysis, coordination to ensure that food security responses are timely, evident based and harmonized.

Timely delivery of funding is crucial in order not to miss the food production season. FAO and calls for urgent funding needed by March to plant cereal and vegetable seeds in April/May, by April to distribute fisheries inputs for the summer fishing season, and by August to vaccinate livestock in time for winter, and by September to plant cereal seeds in October/November.

Although access constraints due to insecurity continue to pose a serious challenge to humanitarian operations, operational capacity has improved since June 2015. Almost 40 percent of the humanitarian organizations presently operating in Yemen are from the food security and agriculture sector. “Humanitarian organizations have shown that they are able to deliver assistance if they are adequately funded” said Jamie McGoldrick, OCHA Humanitarian Coordinator.

The United Nations urge donors to continue supporting the Yemeni population make cash rather than in-kind donations, for maximum speed and flexibility, and to ensure that inputs the most needed are the ones delivered.