Yemen: Food Security and Nutrition Snapshot | March 2022 [EN/AR] – Yemen

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Yemen: 17 million people acutely food insecure, 2.2 million children suffering from acute malnutrition due to conflict, economic shocks and lack of humanitarian aid

Overview

The situation of acute food insecurity and malnutrition in Yemen has further deteriorated in 2022, with 17.4 million people (IPC Phase 3 and above) in need of assistance to date, rising to 19 million from June to the end of the year. The biggest concern is the 31,000 people facing extreme levels of hunger (IPC Phase 5 disaster), which will rise to 161,000 in June. In addition, around 2.2 million children under the age of five, including 538,000 who are severely malnourished, and around 1.3 million pregnant and lactating women are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition during 2022. Severity increases dramatically over the projection period for both insecurity and acute malnutrition, with 86 districts moving to higher IPC phases, including 82 moving from phase 3 to phase 4.

Conflicts and the economic crisis remain the main drivers of acute food insecurity and malnutrition in Yemen, further exacerbated by unstable humanitarian aid. The outlook for 2022 indicates that both patterns will continue, with a likelihood of a further escalation of fighting in critical hotspots, leading to further displacement. In addition, due to the protracted conflict, access to public services has been virtually interrupted, resulting in salary delays/cuts, poor access to health services, insufficient access to water and sanitation. other services such as education, energy, etc. remain seriously compromised.

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