Navigating Yemen’s Wartime Food Pipeline

If the crisis in Yemen continues on its current trajectory, the country could face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims,” the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said in November. The warning bells of looming famine are ringing louder than ever before, and Yemen is finally beginning to receive more of the media attention it so desperately needs. Yet, fundamental questions about the driving forces behind the worsening humanitarian crisis remain unanswered. How much have quantities of staple food imports decreased – and paradoxically in some cases, increased – during the ongoing conflict compared to pre-war levels? And why, if the UN Ve

The Yemen Trend - October 2017 Issue

Following a briefing to the Security Council and meetings in Riyadh with the Hadi government, UN Envoy Ould Cheikh said he is “currently exploring significant steps that each side can take to restore confidence and move towards a viable negotiated settlement.” However, despite talk of new humanitarian initiatives, both Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi and Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said the envoy had not presented them specific details outlining a path forward. On the humanitarian front, the rate of newly reported suspected cholera cases steadily declined in October, but nevertheless Yemen remains on track to reach 1 million cumulative cases by the end of the year. Meanwhile

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