FAO’s response in Yemen - Briefing note

FAO’s response in Yemen - Briefing note
May 2018

Yemen is facing the world’s largest food security crisis. Ongoing conflict, now entering its fourth year, has led to a severe economic decline and collapsed essential services, taking an enormous toll on the population and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. The expansion of the conflict has also led to large-scale displacement and high rates of malnutrition.

The agriculture sector is among the worst hit by the current crisis and local food production has been severely compromised. The absence of veterinary services, coupled with scarcity and the high cost of drugs and animal feed has contributed to poor production. The country’s low food self-sufficiency has been worsened by the conflict, which has disrupted economic activities, led to the suspension of safety net programmes and the implementation of import restrictions.

Agriculture must be an integral part of the humanitarian response to prevent Yemen’s dire food security situation from worsening. FAO’s programmes in Yemen aim to save livelihoods through the provision of supplies, knowledge and training to support the most vulnerable Yemeni communities to enhance their resilience and improve their food security and nutrition.

To achieve lasting impact on food security and nutrition and to restore and strengthen the agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable families, FAO has developed two plans to guide its response over the next three years.

  • Plan of Action 2018–2020
    Over three years, FAO requires USD 228.5 million to improve the food security and nutrition of 9.1 million people (1.3 million households), and to safeguard, protect and restore Yemen’s agriculture sector.
  • Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan 2018
    As part of the first pillar of the Plan of Action, in 2018, FAO requires USD 57.1 million to deliver emergency agricultural interventions for 5.7 million people (818 500 households) to improve their food security and nutrition.