Current issues and what the World Food Programme is doing
The World Food Programme’s (WFP) Yemen response helps people affected by the conflict, by delivering emergency food assistance and organising logistics. More information can be found on the Yemen emergency page.
Even before fighting broke out in Yemen in early 2015, the country’s estimated 26 million people, who live in the south-western corner of the Arabian Peninsula, had the Arab world’s lowest GDP per capita. With an average life expectancy below 64, the nation is ranked 160th out of 188 for human development.
Over the past year, the conflict has left thousands of civilians dead and 2.5 million internally displaced. Its impact on the country’s infrastructure has been devastating, with major overland routes and airports severely damaged.
Current issues in Yemen
With civil conflict, Yemen has been experiencing large-scale displacement; endemic poverty; diminishing resources; and an influx of refugees and migrants.
Even before fighting began in mid-March 2015, the country was importing over 90 percent of its food. The past year has added more than 3 million people to the ranks of the hungry. An estimated 14.4 million Yemenis are now considered food insecure, of whom 7.6 million severely so – a level of need that can only be met by external assistance.
In June 2015, the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) set the level of food insecurity at “Emergency” – one step below famine – in 10 out of 22 Yemeni governorates (Abyan, Aden, Al Bayda, Dhale, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Sa’ada, Shabwa and Taiz).
Yemen’s pre-conflict malnutrition rates were among the highest in the world. They have risen further since, with children under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers the most affected. Around half of all Yemeni under-fives are stunted.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Yemen
- Through monthly distributions, WFP is providing emergency food assistance to 3 million people, with priority given to the 10 governorates facing emergency levels of food insecurity.
- In addition, WFP is progressively implementing, through a local supplier, a commodity vouchers programme in selected governorates where markets still function. The system speeds up the delivery of assistance to vulnerable families while helping revive commercial activity Each voucher provides a family of six with a one-month supply of wheat grain, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar, as well as Wheat Soya Blend (WSB) – a protein-rich blended food.
- WFP continues to provide monthly food assistance to refugees – mainly from the Horn of Africa – at Kharaz camp in southern Yemen. The operation was planned and is being implemented in partnership with government ministries, United Nations agencies, the World Bank, non-governmental organisations and donors, in line with the Joint UN Framework to Support the Transition in Yemen and the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan.
World Food Programme partners in Yemen
WFP cannot find global poverty and hunger alone. These are our partners in Yemen:
- CARE International
- Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW Yemen)
- Danish Refugee Council
- Field Medical Foundation (FMF)
- Humanitarian Aid and Development
- International Medical Corps
- Islamic Help UK
- Islamic Relief Worldwide
- International Rescue Committee
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI)
- Relief International
- Save the Children International
- Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS)
- Vision Hope International
- National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR)
Featured Yemen publications
A Situation Report is a concise operational document with latest updates on the World Food Programme's (WFP) response to an emergency. It gives an overview of WFP’s activities and informs the wider humanitarian community and other interested stakeholders about WFP’s response.
Looking for more publications on Yemen? Visit the Yemen publications archive.