Yemen Ranks Third in Global Food Insecurity

Aksi Cepat Tanggap responded to the severe condition in Yemen through a number of humanitarian programs in the first quarter of 2021, namely waqf wells, food package and clean water distribution, as well as free medical care.

Food aid from Indonesian benefactors delivered by Aksi Cepat Tanggap to children in Yemen. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YAMAN – The war in Yemen has brought severe consequences to the life of the Yemenis as they are ravaged by poverty, the lack of access to education, food, and health facilities. This has become a major concern for international organizations.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ranks Yemen as the third country with the highest number of food-insecure people. In a report published in March, 16.1 million Yemenis were in need of food aid.

The crisis in Yemen was caused by several factors, including ongoing conflict, displacement, worsening economic conditions, and reduced international financial aid sent to the country. Regarding the conflict, FAO even predicted that clashes might occur in Ma’rib, and the potential for conflicts in Taizz, Hudaydah, Sana’a, and Sada’a could increase.

The conflict had limited the livelihoods of Yemenis. Commodity prices including food, clothing, and various other necessities were increasing. This was also driven by the depreciation of Yemeni Riyals and the shortage of the country's foreign exchange reserves.

In addition, international funding assistance, which was feared to experience a downward trend, also hampered many crisis management programs.

Assistance from Indonesia to Yemen

Aksi Cepat Tanggap responded to the severe condition in Yemen through a number of humanitarian programs in the first quarter of 2021, namely waqf wells, food package and clean water distribution, as well as free medical care.

In the month of Ramadan, Aksi Cepat Tanggap aims to send 20,000 portions of suhoor food packages and 1,000 iftar food packages for selected families as well as 1,000 Eid Gifts. Aksi Cepat Tanggap will also initiate the construction of more Waqf Wells.

Said Mukaffiy from Global Humanity Response-ACT explained that the support from the benefactors was essential to support these efforts. “Hopefully, in Ramadan, we can increase our kindness in supporting those in need wherever they are, including in Yemen,” said Mukaffiy.[]