Yemen crisis - Executive brief 21 July 2015

Yemen crisis - Executive brief 21 July 2015
Jul 2015

Highlights

  • FAO activated a Level 3 Emergency Response for Yemen on 14 July 2015 given the urgent need to scale up its response to the large-scale impacts of the crisis on food security and nutrition. A Humanitarian System-Wide Level-3 Emergency has been active since 1 July 2015.
  • 12.9 million people – close to 50 percent of the population – face Emergency and Crisis levels of food insecurity: 21% increase since 2014. (Source: Integrated Food Security Phase Classification [IPC] Indicative Analysis, 1 June–31 August 2015).
  • Food security is expected to deteriorate significantly with the escalation of conflict and insecurity, unless the affected populations’ access to food and income improves dramatically.
  • FAO seeks USD 19 million within the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2015 (Revision) 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, with a focus on women’s groups.
  • FAO’s appeal is 25 percent funded thanks to contributions from Belgium, FAO, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United States of America.
  • Yemen was already in dire need of increasing agricultural production before the fighting intensified. Emergency agricultural interventions will be critical to preserving household food production and income generation, while building the resilience of highly vulnerable farming families to withstand the effects of the crisis on their livelihoods, food security and nutrition.