WFP Yemen Country Brief, September 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • During September, WFP Yemen reached 6.5 million beneficiaries in 19 governorates using in-kind food assistance and commodity vouchers. Of these people, about 3 million received full entitlements while 3.52 million received a reduced entitlement (60 percent) due to funding constraints.

  • WFP Yemen has a 6-month shortfall of USD 289 million (Oct ‘17-March ‘18) for fully implementing the emergency operation plan.

  • To support the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, WFP, in support of WHO, continues to rehabilitate 30 Diarrheal Treatment Centres (DTC) in district and rural hospitals- with focus on ensuing they are environmentally friendly and energy efficient- and to provide IT set up, through the ETC cluster, for 23 governorate level Emergency Operation Centres.

Operational Updates

  • Food distribution: In September, 5.97 million people are confirmed to have received WFP in-kind food assistance in Abyan, Aden, Al Bayda, Al Dhale’e, Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Al Mahwit, Amanat Al Asima, Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb, Marib, Raymah, Sa’ada, Sana’a, Shawbah, and Taizz (98 percent achieved against the target of 6,082,020 people).

  • Commodity Vouchers through Traders Network (CV-TN): For the September cycle, 555,115 people (92,531 households) received assistance through vouchers in the governorates of Amanat Al Asimah, Hodeidah and Sana’a (63 percent against the target of 870,468 this month.) The lower than planned decrease in achievement when compared to August 2017 can be attributed to a change in the voucher registration process.

  • Nutrition: To facilitate a CMAM scale-up for preventing and treating moderate malnutrition, WFP is gradually scaling up to provide specialized nutritious foods to 1.83 million people: 990,000 moderately acutely malnourished children between six months and five years old, and 840,000 nursing and pregnant mothers.

  • “Humanitarian Plus” Initiatives: While WFP is fully focused on averting famine in Yemen, WFP is planning to implement “Humanitarian Plus” initiatives to protect systems, promote self-reliance and build resilience. Specifically, WFP will deliver a wider capacity of energy-saving, capacity building services for WHO and scale up support for livelihood re-establishment and small-scale community infrastructure building activities. In addition, WFP plans to launch an emergency school feeding programme in November 2017.o

  • Food Security: According to the 24 August mVAM (mobile VAM) report, poor dietary diversity and high levels of negative food based coping strategies continue to erode household food security and displaced households are increasingly reliant on food assistance as their primary source of food.