WFP Yemen Situation Report #20, 6 March 2016

Situation Report
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In Numbers

  • 21.2 million (82 percent of population) in need of humanitarian assistance (2016 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview)
  • 7.6 million severely food insecure (HNO) 2.4 million internally displaced (HCT Task Force on Population Movement, February 2016)
  • 92,500 refugee and migrant arrivals in Yemen from the Horn of Africa, Oman and Saudi Arabia in 2015 (UNHCR)


  • Since December 2015 and until at least May 2016, WFP is distributing individual food entitlements amounting to 75 percent of its full individual entitlements (1,542 kcal per person per day) to 3 million beneficiaries per month between March-May due to a reduced pipeline. WFP urgently needs USD 335.8 million for its life-saving operations in March-August 2016.

  • WFP conducted a mission to the conflict-affected Al Qahira district of Taizz City on 13 February. WFP Country Director Purnima Kashyap met with the Deputy Governor of Taizz governorate to highlight the mounting food needs in the city, where she oversaw the offloading of 186 mt of WFP food assistance, sufficient for 18,000 people for one month.

  • WFP introduced commodity-based vouchers in selected governorates in Yemen on 14 February. In February, WFP targeted 116,600 beneficiaries with vouchers in four districts of Sana’a city, and as of 05 March, 98,700 people had redeemed their vouchers for food entitlements. The voucher programme provides beneficiaries with cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, salt, sugar and wheat soya blend, while leveraging Yemen’s private sector supply chain network. Subject to the security situation, WFP aims to expand the voucher programme to selected areas across Yemen where markets are functioning.

Situation Update

- The security situation in Yemen remains very tense. Coalition-backed pro-government forces have captured a military base in the Furdhat Nahm area of Sana’a (40 km south of Sana’a) and in neighbouring Al Jawf governorate. Clashes are ongoing in Taiz, and pro-government forces continue to clash with militants of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Aden. There has been a rise in attacks on high-profile individuals, including an assassination attempt on the Governor of Aden and assassinations of senior governorate officials in Aden and Lahj.

  • According to the seventh report of the Task Force on Population Movements, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen has decreased by 79,000 people since December 2015, to 2.43 million in February 2016. Taizz governorate now hosts the largest number of IDPs (550,000), followed by Hajjah (353,000) and Sana’a (253,000). WFP continues to prioritise its food assistance in districts hosting more than 1,000 IDPs, irrespective of the general level of food insecurity of the governorate.