Nutrition & Food Security

Nutrition & Food Security

For decades, Yemen has remained among the top countries which suffer from widespread undernutrition leading to malnutrition, stunting, increased disease and death due to starvation. Over the last four years the situation in Yemen has escalated dramatically due to internal conflict causing constant instability.

For decades, Yemen has remained among the top countries which suffer from widespread undernutrition leading to malnutrition, stunting, increased disease and death due to starvation. Over the last four years the situation in Yemen has escalated dramatically due to internal conflict causing constant instability. The overall situation is recognized as the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis and is becoming graver and more perilous every day; diving into a state of nation-wide famine.
The present rates of malnutrition, stunting and hunger have never been seen in Yemen before, with millions of people suffering. The following statistics, from the ‘Humanitarian Needs Overview- Yemen 2019’ (HNO) reflect the dire national situation. Primarily, food insecurity effects 20.1 million and most of these people reside within the 230 districts that are at the highest risk of famine. From among those who suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition, 3 million need immediate nutrition assistance; and most of these are children under 5, which is estimated at 2 million. Pregnant and lactating Women (PLW) are also at a higher risk for malnutrition, with national estimates at 1.14 million. A comparative review from the HNO shows acute malnutrition in one year has risen from 79 districts to 91, and nutrition services have gone up by 5%. Further comparisons, over several years, has shown an impact on
other key indicators, as seen in: stunting rates increased by 1.7%; there has been a 70% increase in OTP services and a 200% increase in TSFP admissions; but most notable is the national-level for the global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates, which has dropped by 0.7%. Intensive national and international efforts have had a positive impact on the national situation, by focusing these efforts through institutionalizing
programmes to help combat and slow down the progression of malnutrition and famine. These programmes are most notably: Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM); Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP); Target Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP); and Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme (BSFP); and as well an increase in better Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices.
SOUL will focus on supporting efforts in nutrition and food security to help reduce malnutrition rates and the risk of famine in Yemen. This will be achieved through aiming to increase access to life-saving food; as well as focusing on strengthening preventive and curative nutrition services, especially those that support children and PLW. Additionally, interventions will be centered in areas with high levels of food
insecurity to help improve household incomes and food security status. SOUL has decades of experience working in the field of nutrition and more recently on Community Based Malnutrition Interventions CBNI projects; this will help to achieve the institution’s goals and objectives. SOUL will utilize their professional experiences, national networking capacity, and the lessons learned from previous projects, as a model to facilitate and amplify project quality with sustainable outcomes.


Ongoing Projects

2017 - 2020 (Supplementary Feeding Program through BSFB for U2 children & PLW, and TSFP for U5 children Affected by MAM in Vulnerable Taiz Communities
By UNFAO / WFP
2017 - 2020
2019 - 2020 Enhancing life-saving SAM treatment through establishment and/or upgrading TFCs in vulnerable Taizz, Ibb, and Sana’a communities.(TFC-WHO)
By WHO
2019 - 2020

Previous Projects

2018 - 2020 Dhamar Community Based Nutrition Intervention Project (Dhamar CBNI Project)
By UNICEF
2018 - 2020
2018 - 2019 Provide Emergency Food Assistance for Vulnerable Families (FSAC)
By OCHA-YHF
2018 - 2019
2011 - 2018 Community Based Nutrition Intervention Program in Taizz
By UNICEF
2011 - 2018
2017 - 2018 Integrated Emergency Multi-Sector Support Intervention for Nutrition At-risk Community in Hadramout-Al Abr district
By OCHA-YHF
2017 - 2018
2013 - 2014 The Formative Research Study (FRS) on >2 yrs Children (U2), Pregnant & Lactating Women (PLW)
By UNICEF
2013 - 2014
2012 - 2013 Provide Life Saving Therapeutic Nutrition Interventions For <5 Children, as well as PLW
By OCHA-YHF
2012 - 2013