Yemen - Situation report February 2017
Tags: YEMEN, NEAR EAST, YEMEN CRISIS, FAMINE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE, CONFLICT, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, SITUATION REPORT, FOOD INSECURITY,
- Yemen is facing the largest food security emergency in the world. Without immediate action, the situation is likely to worsen in 2017.
- An estimated 17.1 million people are food insecure and struggling to feed themselves – an increase of 3 million in 7 months – according to preliminary results from the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA). This includes 7.3 million people who are severely food insecure.
- Yemen’s agriculture production has severely declined in 2016 compared to pre-conflict levels, which is devastating for 60 percent of Yemenis relying on agriculture for their livelihoods.
- Almost 1.3 million households are in need of emergency agricultural support (EFSNA).
- Current estimates indicate that existing supplies of wheat in the country will last until the end of March 2017. There is a serious risk of a disruption in wheat imports as companies struggle to obtain credit from banks. If private imports cease, quick mitigation measures by local authorities and international actors will be critical.
- FAO urgently needs USD 48.4 million to fund its emergency livelihoods response in Yemen in 2017.