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Yemen: Acute Food Insecurity Situation Overview in Yemen August 2012

08/08/2012 - 08/08/2012

Recurrent drought, volatile international prices, limited or no strategic reserves, and internal conflicts are the major causes of emergency conditions along the western half of Yemen. About 5.4 million people, about 24% of the population, are in emergency situation. More than half a million people are currently displaced from their homesteads. Poor rainfall season of 2011/12 combined with significant increase in international and local prices are making the poor rural households in the West finding it hard to feed their families for the year. Yemen is more than 90% dependent on commercial imports of its staples. Recent fuel price increases further exacerbates the already escalating prices making food inaccessible to the poorest of households who rely on the market for their 100% food needs. Very poor health facilities, and abysmal water and environmental sanitations are common features in these worst affected areas. The urban poor who have limited sources of income are also suffering for their basic needs due to poor purchasing power. The current food security situation looks to be the worst in decades.

SICAThe World Food Programme (WFP)Save the ChildrenOxfamIGADThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionFood Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF