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Responding to dire needs in the face of potential famine

ACTED has been present in Yemen since early 2012, and working in various different activities in 7 different governorates. ACTED has been covering the full continuum of emergency, rehabilitation and development in Yemen. Emergency activities have focused in the sectors of Agriculture & Food Security (e.g. distribution of crop seeds, and livestock), Economic Recovery and Market Systems (e.g. income-generating activities such as cash for work), and WASH (e.g. rehabilitation of water supply facilities, hygiene promotion). With regard to rehabilitation and development, ACTED continues its work in agriculture and value chain sector as a way to enhance the food security of local small producers.

Conflict in Yemen continues to leave already vulnerable people in a continued and often more severe need of assistance. Despite escalating pressures and constraints on humanitarian access, ACTED aims to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable for all conflict-affected people, both displaced and those living in host communities, while remaining committed to longer-term livelihood strategies. Where possible, ACTED works on tackling chronic vulnerabilities while ensuring basic needs are covered, thanks to a multi-sector approach.

Despite a temporary cease-fire for a few months in 2016, the conflict in Yemen has left 18.8 million people in dire need of assistance, across all the sectors. Existing obstacles to accessing clean water, sufficient and healthy food and safe shelter have been exacerbated by the on-going civil war. In addition, a cholera outbreak was declared in October 2016, particularly severe due to the lack of functioning health facilities and the dearth of reliable information in Yemen. ACTED is active across the country in seven governorates, providing relief in the fields of food security, shelter, water and sanitation, early recovery and facilitating access to reliable and up-to-date information.

Cash to allay the brink of famine

Although food insecurity has been rampant in Yemen for years, in 2016 the food security situation evolved rapidly, bringing millions of people in the country to the brink of famine. Up to 7 million people are living in emergency level food insecurity, and another 7 million are living at crisis level. To allow people the ability to meet their most pressing needs at the time – which is most often food – ACTED has been providing unconditional cash transfers in Yemen. In 2016 alone, ACTED provided cash to more than 9,000 households and plans to continue to expand this programming in 2017.

Critical gaps in water, sanitation and hygiene widen

Over 20 million people are in need of some form of assistance related to water, sanitation or hygiene in Yemen. Many needs across all governorates that ACTED intervenes in remain unmet as fighting continues, damaging water sources and forcing families to displace to unknown areas where water may not be widely available or clean. Last year ACTED’s Yemen mission noted the critical water, hygiene and sanitation needs in Yemen, but unfortunately, due to insufficient funding and ongoing conflict, this need has only expanded. Most notably, in October 2016, a cholera outbreak was declared. ACTED has been quick to respond in three governorates, ensuring that people know how to get clean water and to ensure their own hygiene


Partners in 2016

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), EuropeAid, Mercy Corps, Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR)


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