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Yemen National Food Security Strategy: the Films
The Seven Bastions for a Food Secure Yemen:
1. Petroleum Subsidies Reform: a Promising Necessity
Removing the petroleum subsidies means a lot of money saved by the Yemeni government. But it also means an increase of fuel price that goes hand in hand with an increase of food price. The government must use the savings coming form the fuel subsidies reform to improve the public services at all levels and promoting productivity-enhancing investments.
2. Business: a Sprout to Nourish
Oil and gas are valuable resources. However, it is important to attract investors not only in the hydrocarbon sectors. Other business opportunities are out there and may contribute to create more jobs for the food-insecure people.
3. Qat: the Truth Behind a Tradition
In a little over a decade, Sana’a, Yemen, may become the world’s first capital to run out of water. Failed governance and environmental mismanagement share some of the blame for drying up the city. But there is also a more surprising culprit: a national addiction to qat, a narcotic that is incredibly water-intensive to cultivate and poses a real threat to people's health.
4. People and Food: a Solid Pair
Yemen is very vulnerable to food price shocks and disasters, so the Country must develop appropriate risk-management mechanisms. Strong collaboration among governmental agencies, the private sector and Yemen's international partners is absolutely essential for success.
5. Water: the Most Precious Element
Water is rare and not readily available in Yemen. The people struggle to get it and often it is not drinkable. Its responsible exploitation is a must. Yemen's food security depends heavily on reducing groundwater use and redistributing water used for agriculture to more promising economic activity and human consumption.
6. Public Services: the Right to Efficiency
Efficient public services for all is one of the first steps to build a food secure Yemen. Often physical infrastructures are in place but the services are inadequate. Hence, education and training is paramount for the development of the Country and the good health of its citizens.
7. Women: an Insurance for the Future
Women are the pillars of Yemen's society. The evidence clearly shows that gender inequality goes hand in hand with malnutrition. Empowering women is an essential step toward a more functioning and stable Yemen. This will be possible through education, family planning and economic participation of women in the Yemeni society.
For more information, you can download the Yemen National Food Security Strategy Action Plan (1.4 MB pdf) here: