WFP Yemen Situation Report #21, 11 May 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)

14.4 million food insecure of which 7.6 million severely food insecure (2016 HNO)

2.8 million internally displaced (HCT Task Force on Population Movement, 8th Report,
April 2016)

92,500 refugee and migrant arrivals in Yemen from the Horn of Africa, Oman and Saudi Arabia in 2015 (UNHCR)


  • In April 2016, WFP exceeded its monthly General Food Distribution (GFD) target of 3 million beneficiaries, reaching 3.18 million people in 19 governorates. 225,515 people in Sana’a, Aden and Taizz benefited from 2,352 mt of food assistance received through commodity vouchers. In March, WFP distributed food for 3.4 million beneficiaries in 17 governorates, surpassing its monthly GFD target of 3 million people assisted. In addition, 195,000 people received food received 2,364 mt through WFP’s commodity vouchers distributed in Sana’a and Aden.

  • WFP Yemen will face shortfalls for its GFD and commodity vouchers activities under EMOP 200890, starting July 2016. Given the long lead times, potentially up to 4.5 months, urgent resources are required immediately to prevent a pipeline break/drastic reduction in food assistance. WFP Yemen’s Nutrition programme is facing a similar shortfall, causing treatment of malnourishment activities to be prioritised over prevention activities.

Situation Update

  • United Nations-brokered intra-Yemeni peace talks between the Government of Yemen, led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and Houthi representatives, continue in Kuwait having begun on 22 April. Both sides have submitted a comprehensive proposal on Houthi withdrawals from occupied areas, the handover of heavy weapons to the Yemeni Government, and the exchange of prisoners. A nationwide cessation of hostilities that began on 10 April continues to hold, despite complaints from both sides of sporadic violations.

WFP Response

  • During April and May, WFP conducted field monitoring missions to the southwestern city of Dhamar and within Sana’a governorate to inspect food distribution points and meet with cooperating partners and local leaders. WFP monitors also visited Amran to assess damage caused by April flash floods that affected over 49,000 people in seven governorates. The WFP Country Director led missions to Ibb and Taizz and oversaw the distribution of food to over 3,000 households (approximately 18,000 people) in Taizz City’s besieged Al Qahira area and neighbouring Attaiziah.

  • Together with its flood assessment missions, WFP assisted 1,741 flood-affected families (10,500 people) in Amran and 150 families (900 people) in Hajjah with oneoff food entitlements. In addition, as part of the April GFD, WFP reached 543,000 people in Hajjah, 205,400 people in Hudaydah, 117,300 people in Amran and 233,600 people in Sana’a.