EU provides EUR5.9 million to monitor drivers of food insecurity and hunger within Yemen
05.02.2019 17:09 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of now, when the fragile peace within Yemen so far remains and with serious food insecurity concerns persisting, the European Union (EU) and FAO have announced new EU funding of EUR5.9 million (US$6.7 million) to support the FAO work to build the Yemen capacity to monitor threats to food security and collect key data on hunger and malnutrition, FAO reports.
It is to be admitted, the accurate, comprehensive data/information on threats to livelihoods and households food security status are critical to effectively target humanitarian assistance to where and when it is most needed.
As to the report, the FAO efforts also aim to improve the Yemen ability to monitor emerging threats to food security and livelihoods, such as poor weather or crop pests and diseases, so that appropriate livelihood support irrigation services, or feed for livestock, for example can be provided, before impacts are felt.
«Availability of reliable and timely data not only means we can respond better when crises impact food security, as is the case now it is also the foundation on which the government, humanitarian and development agencies can build up peoples resilience, to withstand future food insecurity,» FAO Country Representative within Yemen, Salah El Hajj Hassan, admits.
«Unfortunately, trends indicate that recurrent hazards and shocks will continue to threaten Yemen. But, if we support people to build up their resilience, they will be better positioned to cope with these adversities, thus averting the threat of hunger and humanitarian crises,» he emphasizes.