FAO Organizes Workshop on Food Security Information

Asma al-Mohattwari

Under the patronage of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conducted a consultative workshop to validate capacity needs and assessment findings.

The workshop lasted for two days and discussed a number of working papers on the methodology of assessing the capacity, the principles of capacity development, and information networks of food security.

FAO representative in Yemen, Salah Hajj Hassan, said that Yemen Food Security Information System (FSIS) is a very critical project that is approaching basic information about food security in Yemen in the six targeted governorates. “This workshop will build strategies, plans, and activities that will cover and solve the problem and gaps related to food security, and all the efforts have to work together on this critical subject,” he said.

Suleiman Mohammed, Project Manager, said that the FSIS program is a national level project; they started working in six governorates ncluding Abian, Lahej, Al-Baydha, Al-Dhala, Hodeida and Hajja. “We hope the national programs will expand to the other governorates,” he stated.

Suleiman said that the governorates are chosen based on vulnerability to food and security where analyses were done.

The project is funded by the European Union, implemented by FAO and MoPIC, and costs $100 Million. FSIS will be implemented over three years in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Technical Secretariat for Food Security, in order to help and support the government in establishing an institutional device to create the resolution on food security in an effective and continuous system.