Executive brief: Escalating Conflict Yemen - 27 November 2015



  • FAO activated a Level 3 Emergency Response in Yemen on 14 July 2015 given the urgent need to scale up its response to the large-scale impacts of the crisis on food security and nutrition. A Humanitarian System-Wide Level-3 Emergency has been active since 1 July 2015.

  • 14.4 million people – more than 50 percent of the population – are food insecure: 36 percent increase since 2014.

  • Food security is expected to deteriorate significantly with the escalation of conflict and insecurity, unless the affected populations’ access to food and income improves dramatically.

  • FAO seeks USD 19 million within the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2015 (Revision) to:

  • provide livelihood inputs and support for crop production, backyard gardening, poultry raising, livestock production and health, and fisheries.

  • increase water supply for farming purposes, including the distribution of solar water pumps and rehabilitation of water infrastructure (e.g. wells, canals, cisterns and reservoirs).

  • implement cash and voucher transfer based activities and support income-generating activities linked to the production of food with high nutritional value, with a focus on women’s groups.

  • FAO’s appeal is 74 percent funded thanks to contributions from Belgium, FAO, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the United States of America and the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund.

  • Increasing farming households’ resilience to food security threats will contribute to saving many lives. Emergency agricultural interventions are critical to preserving household food production – an increasingly vital lifeline, especially in hard to reach areas where aid access is limited – as well as income generation.