Yemen - Comprehensive Food Security Survey, May 2012
THE FOOD SECURITY SITUATION
For some years, concern has grown over Yemen’s food security situation. WFP’s 2009 Comprehensive Food Security Survey report highlighted the deteriorating situation at the time, and warned of the need for “urgent, bold, and immediate interventions to avoid the situation worsening”.
But far from an improvement, the last two years have brought a sweeping decline in food security. The number of severely food insecure people has doubled, and today nearly half of all Yemeni people do not have enough to eat.
Millions regularly go to bed hungry, having skipped meals and, in far too many cases, having gone the whole day without eating.
Millions too have resorted to borrowing money as the only way with which to buy food. Children in ever growing numbers are malnourished, because their parents cannot feed them properly.
Ten million Yemenis, nearly half of the population, are food insecure
There has been a significant increase in the number of people with poor food consumption
Political instability and insecurity negatively affects people’s ability to access food
High food prices affected nine out of ten Yemenis