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Presence Country
Key Message Update

Increased disease outbreaks and continued conflict reported in March

March 2019

March - May 2019

Projected food security outcomes, March 2019 to May 2019  This map shows most of the country in Phase 3 Crisis, with the exception of Sa'dah and Hajjah in Phase 4 Emergency and Al Maharah in Phase 2 Stressed. Many western governorates are in Phase 3 Crisi

June - September 2019

Projected food security outcomes, June 2019 to September 2019  This map shows most of the country in Phase 3 Crisis, with the exception of Sa'dah and Hajjah in Phase 4 Emergency and Al Maharah in Phase 2 Stressed. Many western governorates are in Phase 3

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Not mapped
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • FEWS NET estimates that approximately 17 million people in Yemen would be in need of urgent action (IPC Phase 3 or higher) in the absence of ongoing humanitarian food assistance. Sa’ada and Hajjah governorates are in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), which is associated with large food consumption gaps and/or extreme depletion of livelihood assets. Of the remaining governorates in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), six would be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in the absence of ongoing assistance.

  • Conflict continues to be reported in Yemen, particularly in Hajjah, Sa’ada, Ta’izz, Al Hudaydah, and Ad-Dali governorates. In recent weeks, partners in Ta’izz have reported damage and evacuation of key civilian infrastructure, including hospitals near conflict centers. The potential for conflict to significantly disrupt imports and trade through Al Hudaydah City remains a high concern, and in a worst-case scenario could lead to Famine (IPC Phase 5).

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported concerning increases in cholera cases in Yemen since January 2019. For example, MSF reported weekly cholera admissions in Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, and Ta’izz governorates increased from 140 to 2,000 per week between January 1 and March 26, 2019.

  • Large-scale humanitarian assistance continues to play an important role in reducing the severity of acute food insecurity outcomes in Yemen. For the second month in a row, WFP distributed in-kind and voucher assistance to more than 9 million people in February 2019, with plans to reach 12 million people per month in 2019. In Hajjah governorate, WFP reports four districts (Haradh, Mustaba, Midi, and Hayran) remain inaccessible for delivery of humanitarian assistance following increases in conflict in February 2019.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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