Yemen - Situation report September 2016

Yemen - Situation report September 2016
Sep 2016
  • The latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released in June 2016 confirms that 9 Governorates out of 22 are under Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and 10 Governorates are in Phase 3 (Crisis), with some governorates seeing as much as 70 percent of their population under severe food insecurity. The severity of the food insecurity and nutrition situation in Taiz City and Lowland districts needs special attention.
  • At least 7 million people are living under Emergency levels of food insecurity (26 percent of the population under IPC Phase 4) – a 15 percent increase since June 2015 – and 7.1 million people are in a state of Crisis (25 percent under IPC Phase 3) and need urgent life-saving food and livelihood assistance.
  • Some 3 million children under the age of five and pregnant or nursing women require services to treat or prevent acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF data. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) is at an alarming stage in most of the country's governorates, reaching levels of 25.1 percent in Taiz Lowland and 21.7 in Al Hodeidah.
  • 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.
  • Urgent donor funding is needed by September to provide producers with seeds and tools in time for the agriculture season, and for backyard farming, small poultry production, livestock vaccination and the rehabilitation of water harvesting infrastructure for local food production. 
  • A Level-3 Emergency Response has been extended for an additional six months. FAO calls for all parties to act in accordance with international humanitarian law to protect civilians and to guarantee the humanitarian community safe, unconditional, and sustained access to people in need across Yemen.