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Food security in Abyan

One third of the population in Yemen suffers from hunger and 57% of children suffer from malnutrition. 32% of the population of Yemen lack food security, according to the draft report of  National Yemeni Strategy on food, which is prepared by the government in cooperation with the International Institute for Research on Food.

Thus, the developmental future of Yemeni society and its economy is negatively affected. Overall, we can say that Yemen is considered one of the bottom ten countries in the world with regard to food access.

Therefore, some important questions need to be answered about food security, people’s  lack of awareness on the issue, and on the ways to solve the crisis.

Most of the people are unaware about the concept of food security, possibly due to the low level of education and a general unawareness of what’s happening in the world.

Actually, food security is a challenge faced the world round.  In general, Yemeni families lack serious means of food production at the same time they lack money for purchasing food.

Few people are aware that food security is related to several factors, the most important is the food supply, employment, and basic services such as education, health, sanitation, clean water, housing, and security.

A majority of the population in Yemen has not heard of “food security,” though a majority has clearly suffered its effects. In this regard, few families, especially in impoverished Abyan, have escaped its effects.

Currently, there is a significant increase in food prices  compared to 15 years ago, and as a result the majority of the population will suffer a lot in order to obtain the necessary materials such as wheat, flour, rice, sugar, fish and other staples.

According to the internal trade national compan , Abyan branch, there is an enormous differences between the prices of food  in the recent past and now.

The price of wheat was only YR 151 per bag, while the price today is more than YR 5 thousand. The price of a bag of flour equaled YR 205, while the price today is estimated at YR 5200.  The price of “Dano” powdered milk was YR 40 per packet, and now it has reached more than YR 3300.

The price of European sugar was YR 520 and currently it costs more than YR 10000. Therefore, the raise of prices is expected to plunge the country into further crisis.

In fact, the average Yemeni citizen depends entirely on the State to secure staple foods especially in light of rising prices and the difficulty of obtaining necessary funds.

In some rural provinces like Abyan people depend on the produce of their agricultural lands, such us vegetables and grains. And those who can’t obtain their food, they rely on the State to provide them with necessary food.

The crisis which occurred during the war in the summer of 1994 had an influence on the people of Abyan, and it became increasingly difficult to get necessary food. Therefore, people mostly depended on what was stored to eat, brought food from nearby areas or depended on their agricultural lands.

One third of the population in Yemen suffers from hunger and 57% of children suffer from malnutrition. 32% of the population of Yemen lack food security, according to the draft report of  National Yemeni Strategy on food, which is prepared by the government in cooperation with the International Institute for Research on Food.

Thus, the developmental future of Yemeni society and its economy is negatively affected. Overall, we can say that Yemen is considered one of the bottom ten countries in the world with regard to food access.

Therefore, some important questions need to be answered about food security, people’s  lack of awareness on the issue, and on the ways to solve the crisis.Most of the people are unaware about the concept of food security, possibly due to the low level of education and a general unawareness of what’s happening in the world. Actually, food security is a challenge faced the world round.  In general, Yemeni families lack serious means of food production at the same time they lack money for purchasing food.

Few people are aware that food security is related to several factors, the most important is the food supply, employment, and basic services such as education, health, sanitation, clean water, housing, and security.

A majority of the population in Yemen has not heard of “food security,” though a majority has clearly suffered its effects. In this regard, few families, especially in impoverished Abyan, have escaped its effects.

Currently, there is a significant increase in food prices  compared to 15 years ago, and as a result the majority of the population will suffer a lot in order to obtain the necessary materials such as wheat, flour, rice, sugar, fish and other staples.

According to the internal trade national compan , Abyan branch, there is an enormous differences between the prices of food  in the recent past and now.

The price of wheat was only YR 151 per bag, while the price today is more than YR 5 thousand. The price of a bag of flour equaled YR 205, while the price today is estimated at YR 5200.

The price of “Dano” powdered milk was YR 40 per packet, and now it has reached more than YR 3300.

The price of European sugar was YR 520 and currently it costs more than YR 10000. Therefore, the raise of prices is expected to plunge the country into further crisis.

In fact, the average Yemeni citizen depends entirely on the State to secure staple foods especially in light of rising prices and the difficulty of obtaining necessary funds.

In some rural provinces like Abyan people depend on the produce of their agricultural lands, such us vegetables and grains. And those who can’t obtain their food, they rely on the State to provide them with necessary food.

The crisis which occurred during the war in the summer of 1994 had an influence on the people of Abyan, and it became increasingly difficult to get necessary food. Therefore, people mostly depended on what was stored to eat, brought food from nearby areas or depended on their agricultural lands.