WFP has been in Yemen since 1967. This year, WFP has scaled up its response to assist 3.6 million vulnerable people in Yemen with priority given to 1.8 million severely food insecure Yemenis living in the poorest 14 governorates including 635,000 women and children, and some 670,000 internally displaced and war-affected people.
Currently, WFP Yemen supports five main operations and maintains five sub-offices in Aden, Amran, Hajjah, Hodeidah and Sa’adah. WFP continues to promote a twin-track assistance approach, whereby the effects of short- and long-term food insecurity are addressed simultaneously while the emergency preparedness and response capacity of the Government and humanitarian partners is improved.
In addition to its emergency food security and nutrition support programmes, WFP will continue its Food for Girl’s Education programme, which provides 53,000 schoolgirls in 19 Yemeni governorates with family take-home rations. Other ongoing WFP operations in Yemen include: emergency assistance to some 300,000 internally displaced families affected by the ongoing Sa’ada conflict; relief and recovery assistance for refugees from the Horn of Africa; Air Passenger Service and Logistics Cluster Coordination in Support of the Humanitarian Response in Sa’ada.
WFP overall assistance in 2012 will consist of some 200,000 metric tons of food commodities with a total value of US$207 million. In 2012, WFP faces an immediate shortfall of USD$165 million, including USD$97 million for its emergency operations, USD$62 million for its protracted relief and recovery operations (national safety net and refugee operations) and USD$5 million for its development programmes. Should these shortfalls persist, WFP’s ability to reach its targeted 3.5 million beneficiaries could be severely hampered.