With continued fighting, experts worry that malnutrition in Yemen could get worse
Nov 1, 2011
As political unrest continues in Yemen, more average families are finding it harder to access enough food, which could cause a substantial rise in malnutrition, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), IRIN reports.
Since February, many citizens have been calling for political changes by protesting in the streets in the capital of Sana'a. Such outcries have provoked violence from authorities, closing down towns and businesses altogether.
According to the source, the violence and continued fighting will most likely lead to more extreme food security issues for a number of reasons.
First, there is a severe fuel shortage that has stopped production on many farms as workers are unable to irrigate their crops, while lack of fuel means they can't bring their goods to market. Secondly, even if fuel was available, many areas of the nation are currently war zones, making them impassible. Because of these problems, many Yemenis now have no money to pay for food for their families, especially with inflation - food prices have jumped 46 percent since January, according to the FAO.
Many children had been able to get food from school-feeding programs, however with the violence mounting, many parents have pulled their children from school.
"It's a very difficult situation," Abdulmalik Althawr, deputy minister for the agricultural production development sector of the FAO, told the publication. "We're afraid of the future. Next season, what will happen?"