Meet the emergency needs of families affected by political instability and violence. Improve families' ability to weather recurring shocks, rehabilitate community infrastructure and provide families with critical support to ensure their food security needs are met.
We have been working in Yemen since 2010. Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, faces deep, systemic problems that have resulted in protracted conflicts throughout the country for many years.
In March of 2015, violent clashes between government and non-government forces erupted, fueling ongoing warfare that has since forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left 18.1 million people — 68 percent of the population — in need of humanitarian aid.
Yemen is now at risk of famine. Approximately 7.3 million people need emergency food assistance. Two years of war have devastated huge segments of the population and exacerbated food insecurity.
Agricultural production has drastically declined while the cost of living has risen 40%. As conflict intensifies, food access will only become more limited and the situation more desperate. Get the quick facts about famine ▸
Already, the situation is so dire that a child under the age of five dies every ten minutes from preventable causes, including hunger, disease and violence.
- Emergency response: Providing food and hygiene supplies, and increasing access to water and sanitation for the most vulnerable families.
- Agriculture & Food: Distributing food vouchers. Helping sesame farmers increase their yields.
- Water: Constructing and rehabilitating water systems, irrigation channels, toilet facilities and other community infrastructure. Promoting proper hygiene in schools and communities.
- Economic opportunity: Providing urgently needed income through cash-for-work projects and creating new livelihoods through cash transfers and vocational training.
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Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Famine and food insecurity: What's at stake
Our Q&A with Food Security Advisor Kate McMahon discusses what famine means, how it's impacting areas of Africa and the Middle East, and why it's critical that we meet urgent needs to prevent even greater suffering.
Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen: Tell Congress: No cuts to foreign aid
Humanitarian aid from the United States provides lifesaving assistant to tens of millions of people in need around the world, yet it is in danger of dramatic cuts. Sign this petition to tell Congress to stand up for the world's most vulnerable people.
Yemen: In the face of hunger, a doctor's knowledge goes viral
Some 14 million people in Yemen people don't have the food they need. Learn how one doctor is challenging traditional beliefs and teaching mothers why exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to keep their children healthy and fed.
Yemen: Helping displaced families after Cyclone Chapala flooding
After a rare cyclone hit the central coast of Yemen this week, rain pummeled the country and caused severe flooding. We're working to distribute food baskets and hygiene kits to families displaced by the storm.
Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Yemen: In the news: Violence and uncertainty in Sana'a
Mercy Corps’ Jonathan Bartolozzi spoke with National Public Radio about recent bombings in the Yemeni capital, and how it affects humanitarian aid in the country.
Yemen: Food gives a family hope for the future
Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. Learn how our emergency food program helps families like Ayesha's find relief from hunger and malnutrition.
Yemen: Entrepreneurs play a key role in fighting malnutrition
How do you help the hungry eat now and have enough food for the future? Lessons from our food voucher program in Yemen.
Yemen: Food vouchers do more than alleviate hunger
After tragedy, a mother is able to feed her children and find the strength to look forward.
Yemen: Fetching water for families in Taiz
An increased supply and new distribution programs help secure clean water — and provide jobs in Yemen's poorest communities.