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17 million people in need of urgent assistance - 20% increase compared to the results of the last IPC Analysis

Based on the Yemen IPC Technical Working Group results:



  • As of March and throughout July 2017, 17 million people are estimated to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and require urgent humanitarian assistance. This corresponds to 60% of the population and represents a 20% increase compared to the results of the last IPC Analysis conducted in June 2016.
  • Of particular concern is the magnitude of food insecurity in Al Hodaidah and Taiz governorates, where almost 2,23 million people are classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and over 1,91 million people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). 


WHEREFood insecurity levels are alarming across the country. Out of 22 governorates:

  • Seven governorates are in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) – Lahej, Taiz, Abyan, Sa’ada, Hajjah, Al Hodaidah, and Shabwah;
  • Ten governorates are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) – Aden, Amran, Dhamar, Sana’a Governorate, Sana’a City, Ibb, Marib, Raymah, Al Mahwit, and Hadramout; and
  • Three governorates are in IPC Phase 3! - Al Jawf, Al-Dale’e, and Al Bayda – where “!”indicates that the area would have been in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) or worse without humanitarian assistance. 


WHO - The economic crisis affects the whole society. However, the most affected populations remain the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the host communities affected by the ongoing conflict. 


WHYConflict and insecurity continue to be the main drivers of acute food insecurity, with devastating effects on livelihoods and the nutrition situation. In conflict areas, restrictions and disruptions of commercial and humanitarian imports, mass displacements, loss of income, fuel scarcity and high prices, disrupted market systems, high food prices and the collapse of public services are aggravating the situation.


MAJOR OUTCOME - Acute malnutrition is at alarming levels. Four governorates (Abyan, Taiz, Al Hodaidah, and Hadramout) have Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence above the WHO Critical threshold (≥15%). Seven and eight governorates have GAM prevalence at serious levels (10-14.9%) and poor levels (5-9.9%), respectively. 




  • Scale up humanitarian assistance to save and livelihoods for the populations in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3), especially in the governorates where pocket areas of more severe food insecure populations may be present (i.e. some parts of Taiz and Al Hodaidah governorates).
  • Advocate and lobby for humanitarian access and support to inaccessible districts is urgently required.
  • Advocate for the lifting of restrictions that limit importation of essential commodities and access to humanitarian services.
  • Pursue the twin-track approach of providing humanitarian assistance, and side by side implementing activities that enhance livelihood resilience.
  • Monitor food security and nutrition outcomes and humanitarian assistance; streamline assessment and analyses methods and ensure data collection at district level.


The YEMEN IPC Process - The Yemen IPC Technical Working Group (IPC TWG) undertook the IPC analysis in late February 2017. 69 analysts from multiple agencies representing different governmental and non-governmental organizations, including UN agencies, resource partners, and NGO partners participated in the process. The Yemen IPC TWG requested a real time IPC Quality Review as an added quality assurance step in the validation process of the Yemen IPC Acute Analysis. The real time IPC Quality Review was led by the IPC Global Support Unit (GSU). 



Global Yemen
Publication date
Mar 2017

Related Resources

Download the IPC Global Alert on Yemen, Issue 7


Yemen IPC Acute Food Insecurity brief - March-July 2017: 

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