New report reveals the delicate situation of food security and nutrition in Yemen
On 17th June 2015, a report on the level of food insecurity in Yemen was launched by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) in Yemen with the support of UN Agencies and development partners. The analysis used the globally recognized Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and facilitated with funding from the European Union.
According to the report, 6.07 million people in the country are facing a food insecurity emergency, with another 6.8 million in food insecurity crisis. Food in Yemen is becoming less affordable, less accessible and less available due to the intensification of conflict. The report identifies this as a sharp increase from the last quarter of 2014.
“Ordinary Yemeni families are struggling for the very basics – water, food, fuel and medicine. Hundreds of civilians have been killed. Hospitals and schools are shutting down – some of which are direct targets of the fighting.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 9 April 2015
The situation has resulted, the report stresses, in a serious reduction in people’s incomes, as well as difficulty in accessing basic staple foods. Although the entire country is facing the effects of the conflict, the poorest households, internally displaced, unskilled labourers, and marginalized groups, are most affected and ultimately, increases the level of malnutrition.
About the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification
The IPC is a set of protocols to classify the severity and causes of food insecurity and provide evidence-based, actionable knowledge to decision makers The IPC is also a process for building technical consensus among key stakeholders from national governments, UN, NGO, and technical agencies.
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