In Yemen, millions of people are on the brink of famine. The lack of immediate and unhindered access to people who urgently need food assistance – compounded by a shortage of funding – means that famine is a possibility for millions of people, mostly women and children who are already hungry in this war-torn country.

Almost 14.4 million people in Yemen are food insecure. This includes more than seven million people in desperate need of food assistance; that is one in five of the country’s population. Yemen has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world and now an estimated 1 in 5 people are “severely food insecure” and in urgent need of food assistance.

The nutrition situation continues to deteriorate. According to WFP market analysis, prices of food items spiked in September as a result of the escalation of the conflict. The national average price of wheat flour last month was 55 percent higher compared to the pre-crisis period. 

Humanitarian organizations need to be able to move freely and safely to provide assistance to reach all those in urgent need before they fall deeper into crisis.

Yemen Crisis in Numbers 

  • Number of people internally displaced - 2.8 million
  • Number of severly food-insecure people - 7 million
  • Population of Yemen - 27.4 million

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WFP has three main goals under its Yemen response

1) To deliver food to people affected by conflict, malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers
2) To provide emergency food assistance.
3) To help the humanitarian aid community by transporting fuel into the country.

Food assistance

In March, WFP reached a total of over 3 million people in 17 governorates with emergency food assistance. Nine of those governorates are in the grip of severe food insecurity at ‘Emergency’ level – one step below famine on the five-point Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) scale.


Three WFP-chartered vessels arrived in Yemen’s port of Aden in July with life-saving food supplies for the most vulnerable and internally displaced people. These vessels marked the first shipload of humanitarian supplies to reach Aden since conflict erupted in Yemen in March.

Many road networks in the hardest hit areas of the country are still not open, making communities in conflict-areas inaccessible for humanitarian workers. The WFP- managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operates three flights a week between Djibouti and Sana’a for humanitarian workers. Since April, (UNHAS) has issued almost 1,300 passenger tickets and transported 7 mt of cargo between Djibouti and Sana’a.

How you can help

WFP urgently requires nearly US$285 million to provide much-needed food assistance until January 2017. It takes four months from the time WFP receives funds until food reaches the country and is in the hands of families who need it. 

WFP is grateful to the donors who have contributed or pledged support to the Yemen response including Germany, the USA, UK, the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Please donate today and help get life-saving food reach families who need us the most.