Yemen crisis - Situation report 22 March 2016

Yemen crisis - Situation report 22 March 2016
Mar 2016

Highlights

  • FAO activated a Level 3 Emergency Response in 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.
  • 14.4 million people – more than 50 percent of the population – are food insecure: a 36 percent increase since September 2014.
  • Food security is expected to further deteriorate with the escalation of conflict and insecurity, unless the affected populations’ access to food and income improves dramatically.
  • An Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment covering 20 governorates – to be conducted by FAO, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Food Programme in close collaboration with relevant national institutions and ministries – is pending necessary clearances in order to be launched.
  • FAO seeks USD 25 million within the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2016 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, rehabilitation of water infrastructure (e.g. wells, canals, cisterns and reservoirs) and support to water users’ associations;
    - 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;
    - assess, monitor and control transboundary plant and animal diseases and pests, including desert locust.
  • FAO’s appeal for 2016 is 20 percent funded thanks to contributions from the European Union, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and United States of America.
  • Increasing farming 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.