Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #33, 15 December 2016
Reports of Yemen’s biggest traders stopping the imports of new wheat due to a crises at the central bank is alarming in a country that millions are suffering acute malnutrition. A halt on wheat imports can further plunge the Yemeni population to a worryingly catastrophic hunger that will inevitably lead to a widespread starvation. Punishing naval and air blockade and the destruction of port facilities continue to hamper the flow of vital supplies such as food, fuel and medicine. The Yemen imported 90% of its food supplies prior to escalation of the conflict. In November 2015, the country imported enough food supplies to meet demands. In October 2016, the imported food covered only 40 per cent of the demands. If the plunging trends of food imports continue unabated, in four months food imports will come to a complete halt.