Yemen Remote Monitoring Update, October 2013
High levels of food insecurity persist
• The World Food Program’s (WFP) Food Security Monitoring Survey for June-August 2013 concludes that food security is generally better than 2011, when conflict significantly disrupted food access. Contrary to the national trend, food security in some parts of the South, particularly Abyan and neighboring Shabwa, were worse in June 2013 than in 2011.
• Food insecurity as observed in 2013 in Yemen is predominantly chronic in nature, though the impacts of sporadic conflict remain a key driver of acute food insecurity. Populations of greatest concern include the displaced or recently returned.
• Desert locusts are expected to begin to move westward to the main cropping areas of the coastal plains along the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in the coming months.