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Immediate, Integrated and Sustained Response to Avert Famine in Yemen

Countries: Yemen | Operations ID: 201068 | Operations type: Emergency Operation (EMOP)

Duration: from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

The conflict in Yemen, which has been ongoing for the past two years, has led to a multitude of consequences that include destruction of basic infrastructure, loss of livelihoods, mass displacement, disruption of social services and a near-collapsed socio-economic situation. The conflict is rapidly pushing the country towards social, economic and institutional collapse while the food security and nutrition situation has rapidly deteriorated leaving the country on the brink of famine. The fighting has created a catastrophic humanitarian situation in Yemen, with 70% of the entire population in need of humanitarian assistance. The March 2017 Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) reports an overall deterioration in the food and nutrition situation, with many United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) expressing concerns over potential pockets of famine.

To avert the looming catastrophe in Yemen, WFP will provide an integrated package of food and nutrition assistance with complementary activities implemented through agriculture, livelihoods, water, sanitation and  hygiene (WASH) and health partners.

WFP will develop a detailed operational plan to support the gradual transition and full operationalization of the new emergency operation (EMOP), with improved targeting, partnerships and an integrated assistance approach.

In line with this, WFP Yemen’s communication strategy will convey to all partners, local authorities, and donors the shared risks and consequences of a possible famine and related suffering in Yemen. 

The need to provide assistance to the refugees and vulnerable economic migrants from the Horn of Africa persists. WFP will continue to provide assistance to these groups under EMOP 201068.