WFP Yemen Country Brief, March 2021

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

8.3 million people targeted in March 2021

64,800 mt of general food assistance

US$10.1 million cash-based transfers

US$9.8 million food vouchers

US$344.3 million six-month net funding requirements (May– October 2021)

Operational Updates

• Under the March cycle, WFP targeted 8.3 million people with general food assistance (GFA). Of these, 5.5 million people were targeted with in-kind food assistance, around 1.6 million people with food vouchers and over 1.2 million people with cash assistance.

• In the southern areas, 4.25 million beneficiaries are to be biometrically registered. By the end of March, around 1.69 million beneficiaries have 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 cash through GFA in the areas under the Sana’a-based authorities. By the end of March, around 27,500 people have been biometrically registered and activities are proceeding in three districts in Sana’a city, with the aim to register around 141,000 people within the first phase.

• On 16 March, the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for Yemen was published. Collectively, the humanitarian community is seeking USD 3.85 billion to provide principled assistance to 16 million people. The response in 2021 is centred around three strategic objectives: 1) preventing disease outbreaks and reducing morbidity and mortality, 2) preventing famine, malnutrition and restoring livelihoods and 3) protecting and assisting civilians.

• In March, WFP started the gradual resumption of the blanket supplementary feeding programme (BSFP) across the country.
Nutrition programmes were experiencing shortfalls, affecting 1.4 million children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW) from August 2020 until February 2021 due to global shortages in the production and availability of wheat soya blend (WSB+) and specialized nutritious foods. As of March, 1.1 million PLW are being assisted through BSFP.

• The military escalation in Ma’rib governorate, which started in February 2021 has led to a wave of displacement. By the end of March, 29,000 people are reported as displaced. To respond, WFP is targeting internally displaced people (IDPs) who are already registered beneficiaries at the place of redisplacement. In addition, through its rapid response mechanism (RRM) partners, WFP is providing immediate emergency assistance package, as well as a one-month food ration to newly displaced households. In this initial response plan, WFP will support the provision of emergency food assistance for 15,000 households (105,000 people) for three months.