Although current food insecurity levels have slightly improved from a year ago, 42.5% of the Yemeni population remains food insecure. Some 4.5 million Yemenis are severely food insecure, while 6 million are moderately food insecure. According to the December 2013 IPC analysis, out of 19 governorates covered by the analysis, 4 governorates are classified as Phase 4 (Emergency), 9 governorates classified as Phase 3 (Crisis), and 6 have been classified as Phase 2 (Stressed).
Political instability, declining economic growth and the volatility in the prices of food and other essential commodities are the main drivers of food insecurity. Other factors contributing to food insecurity include inflation, reduced remittances, high indebtedness of poor households, as well as localized outbreaks of desert locusts and lower crop production in some areas.
Y/y inflation remained high in November 2013 (8.1% general inflation and 7.85% food inflation). The cumulative impact of staple food price changes on the cost of the basic food basket from October to December 2013 was moderate.