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©FAO - A man prepares fish for sale in Sirah Fish Market in Aden, Yemen.

FAO launches Market Information System Dashboard to improve the availability of reliable Food Security and Early Warning Data in Yemen


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a Market Information and Early Warningdashboard as part of its efforts to strengthen food security and nutrition early warning data and information in Yemen. The dashboard is the first publicly available near real-time price information in Yemen that will present market data and analysis from 119 markets throughout Yemen's 22 governorates, including providing regularly updated price data on over 103 food and non-food commodities.

Aggravated by six years of conflict, Yemen continues to grapple with high levels of food insecurity. The latest IPC statistics estimate that 54 percent of the total population will require food security assistance by June this year. In this fragile socio-economic context, worsened by shocks such as the COVID 19 pandemic, the availability of timely and accurate food security data remains indispensable for anticipating food security responses. "FAO is working to promote the availability of reliable, freely accessible data to inform evidence-based decision-making in Yemen and other countries around the world through the Hand in Hand Initiative”, commented Mr. Hussein Gadain, FAO Representative in Yemen.  "The Hand-in-Hand initiative pinpoints where agricultural investments in improving food and nutrition security and in poverty reduction can be most effective. The information system launched today is one of the innovations under this initiative that will provide information to facilitate the design and implementation of these need-based responses", he continued.