FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

FAO supports IDPs and host families in Al-Jawf

Sanaá, 2 December 2014 - Years of conflict and protracted displacement – compounded by climate change, population growth and widespread unemployment – have made much of Yemen’s population extremely vulnerable. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased and it is estimated that around 80 percent of IDPs are from farming or sharecropping families and nearly a third own livestock.

Al- Jawf governorate is one of the most affected areas, where hundreds of families are need of humanitarian assistance. Reviving agriculture and strengthening livestock production in this area is crucial for families that have been affected; to meet their basic food needs.

FAO jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and irrigation is supporting the severely affected families at different districts in Al- Jawf governorate including Al-Hazm, Al-Matoon, Al-Khalq and Al-Masloob, to sustain their agricultural livelihoods. The program aims to protect and diversify the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations including IDPs, returnees, youth and women-headed households.

To overcome the lack of quality agricultural inputs and the steep rise in their cost that further reduces production and incomes, FAO is currently assisting 900 households with agricultural inputs. The agricultural inputs include seeds, agricultural tools and fertilizers. Each household received 80 Kg of wheat seeds and 100 kg of fertilizers.

FAO is also providing 1,000 families with 10, 000 chicken kits combined with 80,000 kg of chicken feed. Poultry production is not only a source of income for local households but will also ensure availability of nutritious food in areas where food production and trade have been significantly disrupted due to the conflicts.

Coordination is underway to support women-headed households with gardening kits along with tomato and watermelon seeds to grow 1,000 -1,500 square meters. Women-headed households will be trained on proper use of these inputs and will be provided different agricultural tools for family gardening.

FAO is restocking families’ animal populations and providing each family with 3 sheep along its’ veterinary supplies, supplementary feed, shelter and training on animal health management to prevent future livestock losses.

Supporting IDPs and host families in Al-Jawf is part of the Yemen Humanitarian 2014-2018 Plan of Action to reduce chronic food insecurity, improve opportunities for rural employment and enhance investment in the agriculture sector and livestock production. The Plan of Action was prepared by FAO jointly with the Ministry of Agriculture and other humanitarian and development partners.


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