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.
What are the current issues in Yemen
The situation in Yemen is characterised by large-scale displacement, civil conflict, food insecurity, high food prices, endemic poverty, diminishing resources, and influxes of refugees and migrants.
Between mid-2014 and mid-2016, WFP aims to provide six million people with food and cash assistance whilst also working to build communities' resilience. In 2014, WFP conducted a Comprehensive Food Security Survey which found that 41 percent (10.6 million people) is food insecure. Some five million of those are severely food insecure - unable to buy or produce the food they need - and 5.6 million people are moderately food insecure.
Child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world, with global acute malnutrition rates ranging from critical - denoting an emergency - in Al Hudaydah, Hajjah and Taizz, to poor or serious in almost all other governorates.
What the World Food Programme is doing in Yemen
WFP has been in Yemen since 1967. The organisation’s main operation – a protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO), aims to reach six million people between mid-2014 and mid-2016 with 366,734 metric tons of food and US$74.5 million in cash and vouchers at an overall cost of US$491 million.
The operation is supporting a shift from relief assistance to recovery and resilience to promote food and nutrition security. Beneficiaries include internally displaced persons and returnees, vulnerable populations in the most food insecure areas, people affected by transient crises, infants, pregnant and lactating women affected by acute and chronic malnutrition, and school-age children.
Through the PRRO, WFP is assisting those beneficiaries with unconditional household food and cash distributions, conditional participatory food assistance activities, nutritional support for the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and meals and take-home rations for school children aiming to improve attendance rates, nutrition and learning.
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 United Nations Framework to Support the Transition in Yemen as well as the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. The PRRO is aligning WFP’s activities with moves to increase the Government’s capacity to respond to the crisis and will promote recovery and resilience to enable food insecure households and communities to better withstand and recover from the effects of conflict and shocks.