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Emergency Food Assistance to the Food Insecure and Conflict-Affected People in Yemen

Countries: Yemen | Operations ID: 200890 | Operations type: Emergency Operation (EMOP)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 3 (see below).

Escalated armed conflict starting in March 2015 has had a devastating effect on Yemen, already one of the world’s most food insecure counties, with the over 1.3 million people displaced as of July 2015. This Emergency Operation (EMOP 200890), Emergency Food Assistance to the Food Insecure and Conflict-Affected People in Yemen, will address the emergency food and nutrition needs of food insecure women, men, boys, and girls (1,964,000 women/girls, 2,036,000 men/boys) displaced or affected by the current crisis.

The food security situation in Yemen has sharply deteriorated since March 2015. Further deterioration is likely unless a political solution is reached in the near term. The June 2015 Yemen Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis indicated that at least six million people are in need of life-saving emergency food assistance, with 10
of the 22 governorates under the IPC Phase 4 (emergency). Severe fuel shortages disrupted trade channels, where WFP market monitoring has shown the price of the main staple food, wheat, has increased by up to 119 percent in Aden; most Yemenis are unable to cope with the increased cost of basic food items.

To respond to the increased food and nutrition needs, WFP plans to assist up to four million affected people by March 2016 through general food assistance in the locations most affected by the crisis, especially in areas classified as Phase 4 and 3 by the IPC, through direct food transfers and through an innovative approach using food vouchers in coordination with the private sector supply chain network. In addition, WFP will provide specialized nutritional products to treat acute malnutrition in children under five and in pregnant and lactating women, as well as to prevent malnutrition in children 6-23 months. Through an emergency school feeding intervention, WFP will provide daily snacks to primary school children to encourage continuation of education during the crisis.

The EMOP is in line with the plans outlined Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP 2014-2015), which was revised in June 2015 based on the updated needs, and
developed in consultation with the Food Security and Agriculture cluster and the Nutrition cluster.

The emergency response in Yemen aims to achieve WFP’s Strategic Objective one, to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies.

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The nature of this BR 3 to the EMOP 200890 is to extend the operation in time by three months, from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 and request funding for additional resources.