WFP Yemen Country Brief, January 2018



  • Despite a highly volatile security situation, WFP succeeded in providing emergency food assistance, in-kind and commodity vouchers, to just under 7 million Yemenis across 19 governorates during January. Due to funding shortfalls, only 3.69 million people of the total received the full entitlement, while the remaining 3.29 million received a reduced entitlement (60 percent).
  • Thanks to support from member states and facilitation by all parties to the conflict, WFP delivered to the port of Hodeidah four mobile cranes on 15 January 2017. These cranes will double the port’s capacity to handle containerized cargo, boosting humanitarian discharge efficiency, and easing port congestion. Ultimately, this will facilitate the faster delivery of food and medicine to those people most in need of humanitarian assistance.
  • According to the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, released in January 2018, 17.8 million people are now food insecure of which 8.4 million are severely food insecure. To respond to the increased levels of food insecurity, starting February 2018 WFP will begin providing monthly emergency food assistance to 7.4 million people.

In April 2017, WFP launched a 12-month emergency operation (EMOP 201068) that aims to help prevent famine in Yemen by scaling up to assist 9.1 million food and nutritionally insecure people through a combination of general food assistance (GFA: in-kind food assistance and commodity vouchers under its Commodity Vouchers through Traders Network (CV-TN) programme), nutrition interventions to treat and prevent moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children and pregnant and nursing women, and general food assistance to refugees and vulnerable economic migrants from the Horn of Africa. The emergency operation is in the process of being extended until the end of 2018 with an increased commitment which also reflects a monthly beneficiary target of 7.4 million.

EMOP 201068 is predicated on an integrated approach that works with other agencies to maximise the impact of food and nutrition assistance, water and sanitation (WASH), and livelihood interventions. Through the operation, WFP implements GFA in 19 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, including some of Yemen’s most hard-to-reach areas. Moreover, the programme’s targeting strategy assists the districts with the highest levels of food insecurity and global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates.

In order to ensure that our programmes are comprehensively monitored despite security challenges, WFP contracts third-party monitoring (TPM) companies to conduct on-site distribution monitoring and postdistribution monitoring (PDM).

Throughout 2017 and into January 2018, WFP conducted approximately 150 TPM surveys per month and plans to scale-up to implement 250 TPM visits a month.

WFP’s Amman-based call centre also conducts remote PDM through mobile phone surveys, calling between 1,500-1,600 beneficiaries a month. Since the launch of the beneficiary feedback hotline in 2016, WFP has received a total of 8,281 calls; the majority of the calls concerned CVTN and GFA (in-kind). In January 2018, the hotline received 731 calls (580 male and 151 female) from 20 governorates – 319 calls were related to CV-TN, 405 GFD, 2 were related to Emergency Response, and five were related to Nutrition.

In January 2018, UNHAS operated 27 flights transporting a total of 426 passengers on behalf of 33 agencies (13 UN Agencies and 20 INGOs).

In January, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster-operated vessel transported 56 passengers from 14 humanitarian organizations between Djibouti and Aden. In addition, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster facilitated the transport of 208 mt (1,276 m³) of relief items on behalf of partners on board the vessel.