WFP has been in Yemen since 1967. WFP’s emergency operation is aiming to reach 5 million people in 2013 with 229,000 metric tons of food commodities at a cost of US$249 million. Efforts will focus on three main areas:
• Delivering emergency food assistance to 3.5 million food insecure and vulnerable people and cash transfers to another 400,000.
• Delivering food assistance to 600,000 people either displaced by conflict or adversely affected by strife in the country.
• Providing preventative nutrition support for 325,000 children under two, nutrition treatment for 200,000 children under five, and nutrition support for 157,00 pregnant and nursing mothers.
WFP’s nutrition response is focused on the five coastal governorates—Aden, Hajja, Hodeidah, Lahz, Taiz —where 50 percent of Yemen’s malnourished children live.
In addition to the year-long emergency operation, WFP will continue to implement other existing programmes; including the delivery of innovative take-home rations for school girls, the provision of food assistance to refugees from the Horn of Africa, and the management of the UN’s Humanitarian Air Service.
WFP’s efforts to respond to the Yemen crisis continue to face several hurdles, including a challenging funding environment, increased food and fuel prices, and insecurity. The total cost of all WFP operations in 2013 is US$257 million. In the beginning of September, WFP's emergency operation in Yemen was 70 percent funded until the end of 2013 at a shortfall of US$80 million.