WFP Yemen Situation Report #27, 15 March 2017
18.8 million (72 percent of population) in need of humanitarian assistance 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan
17 million food in secure, including 6.8 million severely food insecure Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) March 2017
2 million internally displaced and 1 million returnees HCT Task Force on Population Movement, 12th Report, January 2017
111,504 refugee and migrant arrivals in Yemen from the Horn of Africa in Jan-Dec 2016 Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat/UNHCR
WFP continues its urgent countrywide assistance. In February, WFP reached a record number 5.25 million people in 17 governorates with food assistance – 5 million with food distribution (84 percent of a 6 million target) at a reduced daily household entitlement, and 249,462 people with commodity vouchers (29 percent of an 868,668 target). WFP assisted 9,106 refugees at the Kharaz camp (52 percent of a 17,500 target).
From April 2017, WFP will assist its beneficiaries through a new 12 month emergency operation. WFP will continue to target 7 million people per month through general distribution (food and vouchers), nutrition activities, and refugee and IDP assistance.
WFP Executive Director. Ms. Ertharin Cousins, visited Yemen on March 11 to 13. The WFP ED highlighted it is a race against time and advocated for access and the prioritisation of resources to the most vulnerable. The ED urged the international community to help prevent a famine by providing resources to meet the needs of the food insecure. The news release is available here.
In March, WFP continues to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian and food security situation across the country. Ongoing fighting in the Mokha and Dhubab districts of Taizz governorate has displaced over 44,000 people, with most displaced civilians fleeing to other parts of Taizz governorate or to Al Hudaydah, Lahj, Ibb, Al Dhale’e or Aden governorates.
According to the 13th Task Force on Population Movement Report, as of March 2017 there are 2 million internally displaced people and 1 million returnees in Yemen. The report stated that food is the highest priority need among 75 percent of IDPs and half of returnees.
Following the escalation of tension around Al Hudaydah port, there is a concern that access to the port may be restricted and commercial shipping lines may stop calling at the port. If this development was to materialise, this would have a negative impact on the delivery of humanitarian supplies in the northern part of the country. As an immediate implication, a rise in transportation costs and an increase in delivery times are expected. To avert a situation where food assistance is unable to be delivered, WFP is developing a contingency plan to address access constraints to ensure that beneficiaries in will be not be affected by delays in the arrivals of supplies.