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Famine Review Committee Conclusions and Recommendations on the IPC Yemen Analysis, October 2018 – May 2019

The Famine Review Committee (FRC) was activated on 09 November 2018 upon request from the country IPC Technical Working Group (TWG) based on the concerns of the international community around the severity of the situation in Yemen and the potential of a Famine-related classification.  The FRC review covered a total of 23 districts in Hajja, Amran and Sa’adah Governorates that were identified to be in a critical situation.

The FRC report entitled “Famine Review Committee Conclusions and Recommendations on the IPC Yemen Analysis, October 2018 – May 2019”, was shared with the Yemen IPC TWG on 28 November 2018. The TWG reviewed the full FRC report, which came to different conclusions than the TWG around the projected analysis for the December 2018 – May 2019 period, and made a decision to maintain the original conclusions of the TWG analysis.

In light of this situation, and given the urgency of releasing an analysis in time for the peace talks in Sweden and of providing figures as soon as possible for planning purposes to the humanitarian community, the decision was made to focus on finalising and releasing IPC analysis results for the December 2018-January 2019 period only. This decision was also made considering the uncertainties related to the possible evolution of the situation on the ground over the next few months and the associated difficulties with a projected analysis. Against this background, the TWG has planned to conduct a new analysis by March 2019 based on new data and taking into account the development of the security context, macro-economic conditions, and other factors influencing the food security situation on the ground. 

Availing the FRC report to the public is in line with the key principles of the IPC including evidence-based and neutral analysis, technical consensus, and transparency to inform decision-making. The latter implies communicating technical disagreements when these occur.

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