Yemen: Food security high-frequency monitoring (HFM) reported – Yemen


major highlights

  • According to the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), nearly 4 in 10 households surveyed (39.2 percent) experienced recent food insecurity equivalent to IPC Phase 3 or higher during March 2023. Similar results were obtained on the Hunger Scale (HHS), with a moderate or severe hunger rate of 31.4 percent.

  • About 47 percent of households have inadequate food intake and 42 percent of households consume less than four food groups. The results of various food security measures confirmed that food insecurity was prevalent at around 50% during the study period.

  • Except for the Food Consumption Score (FCS), all other food security indicators improved in March 2023 compared to April 2022 monitoring. Inadequate food consumption as measured by the FCS worsened slightly by 2 percentage points.

  • Al-Bayda, Ad-Dali and Taiz governorates have high prevalence of food insecurity across all five food security indicators. Amran, Rahi and Hajjah reported high prevalence of food insecurity in at least three of the five food security indicators.

  • The prevalence of food insecurity as measured by FIES, HHS and FCS is slightly higher in non-farming households than in farming households. However, medium and low household dietary diversity scores (HDDS) are higher for agricultural households.

  • Households with no source of income and households whose main income came from agricultural and non-agricultural wages were the most food-insecure. Among agricultural households, food insecurity was more prevalent among livestock producers and traders.

  • 63% of households experienced a variety of shocks, mainly food and fuel price hikes and unemployment. However, the number of households reporting experiencing the shock has decreased by 19 percentage points compared to April 2022.

  • Nearly 60% of households reported a decrease in income over the past three months compared to the same period last year. Agricultural households experienced a higher rate of income decline than non-agricultural households.

  • 20% of households resorted to emergency livelihood coping strategies. This decreased compared to previous quarterly and frequent monitoring periods.

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