WFP Yemen Country Brief, January 2022 – Yemen

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In numbers

12.9 million people targeted for general food assistance in January

84,800 tons of general food distributions in kind

22,300 tonnes thanks to goods vouchers

US$15.6 million in cash transfers

Net financing requirement of $806.3 million over six months (February 2022 – July 2022)

Operational updates

• As part of the January cycle, WFP targeted 12.9 million people for general food assistance (GFA). Among them, 9.3 million people received in-kind food assistance, 2.3 million people received commodity vouchers and more than 1.3 million people received cash assistance. Of the 12.9 million beneficiaries, eight million received reduced rations due to funding shortfalls.

• According to the latest WFP data covering the month of December 2021, food security outcomes in Yemen reached very high levels in December. Almost half of Yemeni households (47% nationally) reported insufficient food consumption in December, well above the “very high” threshold of 40%.

• Food accessibility, as measured by the average cost of the minimum food basket (MFB) deteriorated significantly in all regions of Yemen during 2021: in December 2021, the average cost of the MFB had increased by 119% since January 2021 in areas under WRI, and 41% in areas under Sana’a-based authorities.

• Fuel shortages continued to be reported across Yemen in January. Although WFP and major transporters under contract with WFP have established emergency fuel stocks, WFP deliveries could be affected if shortages continue.

• In January, conflict continued in Ma’rib governorate, as well as neighboring Shabwah and Al Bayda governorates, displacing nearly 7,000 people according to IOM. WFP screens and verifies the vulnerability status of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ma’rib Governorate prior to their possible inclusion in WFP’s regular GFA activity. Over 100,000 IDPs had been verified in early January in the districts of Ma’rib,
Ma’rib City, Raghwan and Sirwah District.

• Internet connectivity in Yemen was restored on January 25 after a four-day outage. The outage was caused by an airstrike that hit a key telecommunications center in the city of Al Hodeidah on January 20. While internet services have been affected across Yemen, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been working to provide internet services to UN agencies and humanitarian partners in all centres.

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