Easing Hunger in Conflict-Torn Regions

The continued conflict in Yemen has forced more than 2.8 million Yemenis from their homes and has left 14.4 million people – more than half the population – struggling to eat. Poor infrastructure, coupled with ongoing violence, makes growing and distributing food unpredictable. Where food is available, it is unaffordable, with prices that have skyrocketed more than 40 percent. People simply need rapid access to food.

Hajjah governorate in northwestern Yemen is home to nearly 250,000 displaced people, and faces frequent airstrikes in its northern districts. A survey of residents showed that 95 percent need help getting food, but that only 20 percent received any kind of food assistance. To the southeast, Sana’a governorate – home to the capital, the most populous city in Yemen – also faces consistently disputed border areas that make even counting the number of displaced people difficult. Daily airstrikes on military targets inside the capital make it hard for vulnerable families to access reasonably priced fuel and food.

With funding from the UN World Food Programme and in partnership with local NGOs, Relief International delivered more than 8,000 metric tons of food in Hajjah Governorate and Sana’a City over a seven-month period. The goal was to reach 11,000 families each month, but the constant instability often made it difficult to reach the targeted number of households. Despite these challenges, a total 70,000 food baskets including flour, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar were distributed during the course of the program.