Yemen - WFP Additional H-Cash Allocation 2023

Project completed

Switzerland supports operations of the World Food Programme (WFP) in 28 SDC priority countries. It funds Country Strategy Plans, incorporating all WFP programmes/projects, based on affected population needs. In Yemen, despite multiple challenges, the food and nutrition response combined with the positive effects of the truce, led to the country taking a step back from the edge of famine. But the outlook remains dire, not least because of increasingly fragmented and contentious operating environment, and funding shortfalls.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023
CHF  1’500’000
Background Founded in 1961, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency saving and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working to improve nutrition and build resilience. Against the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, climate shocks and an unprecedented number of violent conflicts since World War 2, food insecurity is reaching record levels on all continents.
In Yemen, the volatile security situation and shrinking humanitarian space, high food prices, depreciation of local currency and disrupted livelihoods remain the major factors of acute food insecurity. WFP’s ability to deliver a principled response was further hampered by a notable increase in attempts at interference, bureaucratic hurdles and delays, as well as movement and access restrictions. Over 21 million people require humanitarian assistance in 2023, and 17.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure.

WFP’s mission is a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. 

The vision for 2030 underlying WFP’s strategic plan for 2022-2025 is that the world has eradicated food insecurity and malnutrition (SDG 2 - Zero Hunger) and national and global actors have achieved the SDGs (SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals). 

The overall goal of WFP is providing immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations while supporting countries in ensuring no one is left behind. 

In the case of Yemen, the Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) 2023-2025 seeks to respond to humanitarian needs as a result of the conflict, while addressing systemic causes.

Target groups
  • Persons living in food-insecure households 
  • Malnourished persons
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Schoolgirls & -boys
  • Rural communities
Medium-term outcomes
  1. Crisis-affected women, men, girls and boys across Yemen, are able to meet their immediate food and nutrition needs all year.
  2. Targeted population groups across Yemen, including school-aged girls and boys and nutritionally vulnerable and at-risk groups, have access to basic services throughout the year.
  3. Food-insecure households and communities in targeted areas across Yemen, including those affected by climate shocks, benefit from more resilient livelihoods and food systems throughout the year.
  4. Humanitarian and development partners collaborate effectively to assist people in Yemen and to preserve critical services all year.

Expected results:   In Yemen, WFP aims to reach more than 19 million people in 2023. 15 million people from food-insecure households will receive lifesaving food assistance while 1.9 million acutely malnourished people receive life-saving nutrition assistance. WFP will provide more than 2.2 million people among vulnerable groups with assistance in order to prevent malnutrition and improve dietary intake. Approximately 3.1 million girls and boys will be provided with school meals while 2 million people will benefit from early recovery and more resilient livelihoods at household and community levels. 

Results from previous phases:  

  • Overall, WFP Yemen transferred 704’000 metric tons of food and USD 162 million in cash and vouchers to 15.3 million people across its activities in Yemen in 2022, making Yemen WFP’s secondlargest operation worldwide.
  • WFP leads or co-leads humanitarian response and provides services such as the UN Air Service (UNHAS), UN Humanitarian Response Depots network (UNHRD) as well as the three Inter Agency Standing Committee Clusters (Logistics, Emergency Telecommunications and Food Security Cluster, with FAO). 
  • In 2022, Switzerland has contributed to a total of CHF 4.5 million to WFP operations in Yemen allowing Yemen to allocate this funding where it’s most needed. The contribution included CHF 1.5 million H-Cash (Top up).
  • Switzerland is the 16th donor out of 28 for WFP in Yemen. Our funding has provided more than 3 Mio Yemenis with access to oil and wheat flour during one food assistance cycle in 2022.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • World Food Programme

Coordination with other projects and actors WFP’s global 2022-2025 Strategic Plan stresses the importance of synergy among UN food security bodies, particularly FAO and IFAD, as well as partnerships with international organizations, national governments, regional institutions, international finance institutions, civil society, private sector, academia, communities and individuals.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’500’000
Project phases

Phase 72 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)

Phase 52 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 50 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 49 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 48 01.12.2018 - 31.12.2019   (Completed) Phase 40 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 39 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 38 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 37 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 36 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 35 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 34 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 33 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 32 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 31 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 30 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 29 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 28 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 27 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 26 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 24 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 23 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 22 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)