Homepage  Homepage     Search on site  Search on site     To write the letter  To write the letter     Site map  Site map
Agro Perspectiva
We are on: 
   
 


Home > News

$127 million from World Bank to shore up food security and rural livelihoods in Yemen

10.08.2021 15:00 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have welcomed $127 million in support, provided by the World Bank, for an interagency project to fight the spread of extreme hunger in Yemen. The project will provide rural families with opportunities to build sustainable household food security.

Humanitarian needs in Yemen continue to rise. The country is reeling from the impacts of over six years of incessant conflict and economic disruptions compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, floods and desert locusts.

Currently, 16.2 million Yemenis face crisis or worse levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 and above) according to the latest Integrated Food Security Classification analysis. This includes approximately 47,000 people experiencing catastrophic (IPC Phase 5) levels of food insecurity -famine like conditions.

The World Bank grant will focus on delivering immediate support to vulnerable households through cash-for-work opportunities and nutrition support for mothers and children. The project will also provide targeted livelihoods support aimed at boosting agricultural production in the short term, while enhancing agriculture’s contributions to food security and economic activity over the longer term and building capacity for food security management.

«Food insecurity is one of the most pressing human development challenges facing Yemen. Within the broader context of the ongoing conflict and economic crisis, the combination of a high household dependence on food imports, high food prices, and significantly reduced income are having a devastating impact on people’s lives,» said Tania Meyer, World Bank Country Manager for Yemen. «The World Bank is adopting a multi-sectoral approach to food insecurity. The new Food Security Response and Resilience project is a key piece of this operational package, integrating immediate support to households with medium term interventions aimed at building resilience to future shocks».

The grants were made possible by generous contributions from the Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) ($100 million) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) ($27 million).

Linked-up action on multiple fronts

Approximately $61 million will support FAO-led activities aimed at increasing production of crop, livestock and fish products, including backyard/garden production; promote climate-smart agriculture; strengthen local-level agrifood systems; and establish national-level agricultural value chains.

«For millions of Yemeni families, backyard food production represents a firewall between them and the most severe manifestations of hunger. So we must boost local food production right now to prevent high acute food insecurity from spreading. But we must also work on building up agriculture as a source of food and jobs that can endure over the longer term — this is why this multi-year funding from the Bank is so important,» said FAO country representative Hussein Gadain.

UNDP will receive $23.8 million to lead a range of climate change adaptation measures in rural Yemen that will provide immediate access to food by creating temporary employment opportunities through a cash-for-work (CFW) programme. Specifically, the funding will allow for restoring damaged public and collective productive assets, including those affected by the 2020 floods.

«This project is vital in helping Yemenis overcome compounding crises — including the fact that food crisis exists because Yemenis simply cannot afford their food, not because the food is unavailable,» says UNDP’s Resident Representative, Auke Lootsma. «While the project addresses the critical and acute food crisis by putting needed money in people’s pockets to purchase food, it also works to begin to rebuild lost community assets that have either been destroyed or badly damaged in the conflict or in the recent devastating floods.» He adds, «Rebuilding vital infrastructure is a critical starting point for longer-term recovery in Yemen.»

WFP will use $42.2 million in bank support to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable rural households, focusing on the core role women play in improving food security. The project will address immediate nutrition needs of women and children focused in areas with the highest rates of food insecurity, delivering specialized nutrition products to both treat and prevent malnutrition among this vulnerable group. Meanwhile, WFP will promote women’s entrepreneurship activities by providing both skills development opportunities and start up grants focused on agriculture and food production.

«Evidence shows that when women and girls have better access to information, resources and services, the result is improved decision-making and economic opportunities that leads to increased food security and nutrition for herself, her family, and her community» said WFP Country Director for Yemen, Laurent Bukera. «Promoting the equal and meaningful participation of women will contribute to ensuring a food secure future for Yemen.»

Agriculture’s potential

Agriculture remains Yemen’s most important economic sector but has been severely damaged by the effects of the conflict and disease, which have limited livelihood opportunities.

The country is largely dependent upon commercial imports to satisfy its domestic consumption requirements for wheat, the main staple, while food assistance is a main food source for over one-third of families.

Currently the country’s agricultural sector only supplies around 15 to 20 percent of its food needs due to limited agricultural land and water resources and poor agricultural practices compounded years of war, high fuel prices, and water scarcity.

The World Bank has supported Yemen’s development for more than four decades, cooperating with national and local actors and establishing operational partnerships with key United Nations agencies. These include FAO, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), UNDP, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WFP and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Agro Perspectiva

< G20: FAO Director-General calls for closing of digital divide All news for
10.08.2021
Kernel intends to buy back up to 19.2 mln shares for $250 mln >

06.08.2022  
15:38 FAO Food Price Index registered a steep drop in July
03.08.2022  
15:55 BASF enters power agreements for clean energy supply of more than 20 BASF sites across the United States
13:22 FAO to boost soil nutrient mapping in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa $20 million contribution from U.S.A. will catalyze more efficient use of fertilizers
12:21 Europe and Central Asia: Promoting green agriculture to transform local agrifood systems
11:23 Ukraine: Canada contributes USD 40 million to cover 2.4 million tonnes of storage
29.07.2022  
16:55 South Africa Fresh Orange Production and Exports Climb Higher
26.07.2022  
11:28 BASF transforms market towards certified, sustainably sourced coconut oil
23.07.2022  
02:43 Black Sea grain exports deal a beacon of hope amid Ukraine war - Guterres
07.07.2022  
12:43 Russia illegally exports 150,000-170,000 tonnes of grain from Ukraine per month - Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey
28.06.2022  
08:35 Export prices for milling wheat again fell slightly
27.06.2022  
09:50 No concrete agreements on holding talks with participation of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, UN on grain export MFA
20.06.2022  
20:32 Coca-Cola to cease production and sales in Russia
14.06.2022  
16:27 Afghanistan: FAO and the World Bank step up their response to the worsening food security $195 million emergency project aims to provide critical life-saving and livelihood assistance to smallholder farmers
13:32 Ukraine calls on other countries to abandon export restrictions - trade representative
13.06.2022  
12:26 India bans wheat exports to ensure sufficient domestic food grain supply
03.06.2022  
10:28 Thailand Sugar Production and Exports Continue to Rebound
02.06.2022  
11:11 Global rapeseed supplies in 2022/23 are projected to a record 100.5 MMT
31.05.2022  
12:51 Global soybean production in 2022/23 is forecast at a record 394.7 MMT
24.05.2022  
09:05 Global soybean production in 2022/23 is forecast at a record 394.7 MMT
17.05.2022  
15:00 Ukraine rapeseed production is forecast to rise despite the ongoing hostilities
10:49 2021/22 Indonesia Palm Oil Exports Slashed
16.05.2022  
15:45 Astarta Completed Spring Planting 2022
15.05.2022  
16:37 2022/23 Grain Consumption Exceeds Production, Stocks Tighten
11.05.2022  
14:31 EBRD to play key role in support of Ukraine, President says
09.05.2022  
11:15 Vegetable oil and maize prices slightly decrease after recent surge, while rice, meat, dairy and sugar prices slightly increase and global trade prospects dim
29.04.2022  
14:03 BASF achieves strong EBIT before special items despite significantly higher energy and raw materials prices
28.04.2022  
17:52 EU takes steps to suspend all duties on imports from Ukraine
16:27 BASF to wind down activities in Russia and Belarus except for business that supports food production
27.04.2022  
13:54 EBRD enhances trade finance for Ukraine
09:11 Coca-Cola will provide assistance to Ukraine for up to $15 mln
26.04.2022  
20:35 Indonesia. Despite the expected increase in production, imports of raw sugar are also forecast to increase
19:43 Australia is expected to produce another big grain crop in MY 2022/23 after a record setting winter crop and strong summer crop production in MY 2021/22
21.04.2022  
10:15 The Ukraine Conflict and Other Factors Contributing to High Commodity Prices and Food Insecurity
16.04.2022  
16:25 WFP appeals for access to encircled cities in Ukraine
12.04.2022  
11:35 Global cereal trade and utilization in 2021/22 revised down
10:25 FAO Food Price Index posts significant leap in March
07.04.2022  
08:49 FAO launches new phase of agriculture policy initiative with $11 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
29.03.2022  
21:32 Astarta Starts Spring Planting
24.03.2022  
21:15 Pakistan. Wheat production in 2022/23 is forecast at 26.4 MMT
14.03.2022  
13:21 CNH Industrial Statement on Ukraine and Russia
10.03.2022  
11:10 Market Signals to Sell Soybean Stocks
09:05 2021/22 Grain Trade in Flux Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict
07.03.2022  
12:40 FAO Food Price Index rises to record high in February
03.03.2022  
11:25 The Food Front is open: the food of Ukraine will provide citizens with products under any conditions!
11:21 Ukrainian CCI ask all international trade associations to cease cooperation with representatives of russian trade associations
23.02.2022  
14:05 Astarta Invests USD14.6m in the Construction of a Modern Sugar Storage Silo
16.02.2022  
13:18 Brazil. The drought in the south of the country has dampened prospects for a record crop
10.02.2022  
17:21 World Pulses Day leverages the power of youth to transform agrifood systems
17:17 Shrinking South America Soybean Production Constricts Trade and Boosts Prices
12:10 Astarta Builds its First Silo in the Chernihiv Region

Also available: 


NewsNews - News - News - News - News - News
BriefWeekly Reports - Free article
SubscriptionTariff - News&Reports
AdvertisingMagazine - Site
ConferencesForum AGRO-2013 - DAIRY WORLD-2008 - FERTILIZERS-2010
Statistics
For our clientsAgroNewsDaily - Ukrainian Grain&Oilseed Market - Fertilizers - Milk Monthly - Milk Weekly
About usAbout project - Contact
2002 -2022 © Agrarika, ltd.
tel.: +380 44 5934543; +380 44 5934540
e-mail: client@agroperspectiva.com