Yemen crisis - Situation report 9 May 2016

Yemen crisis - Situation report 9 May 2016
May 2016

Key messages

  • The food security and nutrition situation in Yemen will turn into a humanitarian disaster unless urgent funding is accessible for FAO to timely deliver the inputs needed to: meet the April/May cereal and vegetable planting season and the summer fishing season; and vaccinate livestock in time for winter.
  • Around 14.4 million people – over half of Yemen’s population – urgently need food security and livelihood assistance.
  • A reported Desert Locust outbreak threatens the livelihoods of more than 100 000 farmers, beekeepers and herders from five governorates.
  • 49 000 people have been affected by flooding in April 2016 and need urgent assistance.
  • The volume of food required in Yemen is far greater than humanitarian actors can provide. Agriculture must be an integral part of the humanitarian response to prevent Yemen’s dire food security situation from worsening.
  • Increasing households’ resilience to food security threats will contribute to saving many lives. Emergency agricultural interventions are critical to preserving household food production – an increasingly vital lifeline, especially in hard to reach areas where aid access is limited – as well as income generation.