FAO emergencies and resilience


With financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads the establishment of a data and analysis facility in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other shocks.


Yemen is suffering the worst humanitarian crisis worldwide as a consequence of six years of violent conflict and an economic collapse.


The document is the revised version of the previously published Desert locust crisis appeal, providing an update and expansion of FAO's funding requirements for rapid response and sustained actions in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen to address the ongoing crisis.


The Global Response Plan presents an overview of FAO's ongoing desert locust response activities, as well as funding needs for the remainder of 2020 in order to: sustain ongoing operations and livelihoods support in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen, scale up operations and assistance in southwest Asia where the locust is an increasing threat, and prepare for a potential future outbreak in West Africa and the Sahel.


The worst desert locust outbreak in decades is underway in the Greater Horn of Africa and Yemen, where tens of thousands of hectares of cropland and pasture have been damaged in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, the Sudan, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen, with potentially severe consequences for agriculture-based livelihoods in contexts where food security is already fragile.


The number of people experiencing hunger – both chronic and acute – has been persistently high in recent years.


Five years of unrelenting conflict and a severe economic decline in Yemen have deepened humanitarian needs. Millions of Yemenis endure the consequences of the protracted conflict amplified by hunger and disease outbreaks, which continue to threaten lives and livelihoods.


Yemen remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The protracted crisis has taken a devastating toll on the economy, collapsing essential services and exhausting the population’s coping mechanisms, leading to widespread food insecurity and malnutrition.


The fifth issue of the FAO/WFP update for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) provides United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members with an overview of the magnitude, severity and drivers of acute food insecurity in eight countries and regions that have the world’s highest burden of people in need of emergency food, nutrition and livelihood assistance as a result of protracted conflict combined with other factors.