WFP Yemen Country Brief, August 2021


In Numbers

  • 12 million people targeted for general food assistance in August

  • 67,500 mt of general food assistance

  • US$13.2 million in cash transfers

  • US$21.3 million in commodity vouchers

  • US$589.7 million six-month net funding requirement (September 2021 – February 2022)

Operational Updates

  • Under the August cycle, WFP targeted 12 million people for general food assistance (GFA). Of these, 8.5 million people were targeted with in-kind food assistance, around 2.3 million people with commodity vouchers and more than 1.2 million people with cash assistance.

  • The military escalation in Ma’rib governorate, which started in February 2021, has led to a wave of population displacement, and by the end of August, around 24,800 people had been displaced. In August, WFP targeted some 469,500 people with GFA in the governorate. Through its Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) partners, WFP is providing an immediate emergency assistance package, as well as a one-month food ration to newly displaced households. In addition, WFP is preparing to verify the needs and status of some 137,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) reported to be in need of food assistance in Ma’rib. The verification process is planned to start in early September.

  • In the southern areas, WFP is in the process of biometrically registering 4.2 million beneficiaries. By the end of August, around two million beneficiaries had been biometrically registered in the areas under the Internationally Recognized Government of Yemen (IRG). In November 2020, WFP launched biometric registration and the provision of GFA (as cash) in the areas under the Sana’a-based authorities. By August, the pilot phase targeting has been completed, with over 141,000 people retargeted. Around 118,600 people have had their biodata digitized into SCOPE, and nearly 52,000 people have been biometrically registered and were either enrolled or ready to be enrolled for cash assistance.

  • Heavy rains and floods continued in August, with nearly 165,000 people affected across the governorates of Hajjah, Al Hodeidah, Al Mahwit and Raymah. By the end of August, more than 7,300 people had been assisted through the RRM, including 3,900 people set to receive WFP food assistance. WFP is closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in coordination with the humanitarian clusters, and its cooperating partners to ensure that life-saving assistance is provided to flood affected people when and where needed.