Yemen war puts 2015 crop at risk, food stocks shrink: U.N. agency

People fleeing Yemen arrive aboard a dhow at a the port of Djibouti after crossing the Gulf of Aden. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

(Reuters) – Conflict in Yemen is disrupting the crop planting season and threatens to create food shortages as the war-stricken country eats into its cereal reserves, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.

Yemen’s cereal stocks stood at around 860,000 tonnes when Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels started, enough for three to four months, FAO Assistant Director-General for North Africa and the Near East, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, said.

The cereals were mostly wheat, but also included rice and maize, he said.

“We are very much concerned by the fact that this country may not be able to sustain imports while reserves of food are shrinking as conflict drags on,” Ould Ahmed said by telephone…

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Food insecurity” is God’s way of saying: “knock off the internecine violence!”

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Food insecurity is UN jargon for saying gimme some money.
      Which is Ed Begley’s finest performance.
      I only wish they’d have filmed a scene of him getting blowed up real good as all Spinal Tap drummers were wont to do.

    • tom_billesley

      The four horsemen ride together.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        If not by now actually “carpooling”.

  • canminuteman

    Gee that’s too bad. Maybe they will think about it in future if we don’t bail them out by feeding them.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Wiki say Yemen is going to run out of oil by 2017.
    I know, wiki, right?
    They also have no water.
    And nearly twenty five million people.
    Per capita GDP is about twenty five hundred bucks.
    This is the end game of a petro state.
    Early days bonanza, kleptocracy and just enough beans in subsidy to keep the peace until the oil money runs out.
    Not to mention the population explosion fuelled by a subsistence culture unrestrained by the checks and balances of nature.
    And then one day you become Malthus’ bitch when the free money and food ends.
    Petro state falls off cliff.

    • Frau Katze

      A lot of water goes to the khat crop. They’re not exactly worried about conserving what they have. I guess the elites just figure the West will happily take a few million Muslim Yemenis.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Somehow that homonym must get on your nerves.

        • Frau Katze

          LOL! Not sure how it’s really supposed to be pronounced…

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll adopt the Somali economic model, in which remittances from their citizens who have invaded the west make up 50% of the economy.

      • Frau Katze

        Indeed. Not good at all. Expect a wave of refugees at some point from Yemen.