Goal 2: Zero hunger

The World Bank estimates that Yemen’s economic output has decreased by about 50 per cent since 2015. Reduced oil and gas production have caused national revenues to drop, leaving government unable to provide basic services, such as education, health, water and sanitation. Hyper-inflation has increased the cost of food and fuel by 150 and 200 per cent, respectively; this, coupled with high unemployment rates, have made survival extremely difficult for most Yemenis.  More than half of the population live on less than USD 1.90 per day and nearly 80 per cent require humanitarian assistance and protection.   

The SDGs are a commitment to “finish what we started” and end poverty in all forms for all people by 2030. This demands giving particular attention to the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities as they recover from the effects of conflict and climate-related disasters.

Facts and figures

821 million

The number of undernourished people reached 821 million in 2017.

90 million

Over 90 million children under the age of five are dangerously underweight.

22%

Nearly 151 million children under five, 22 percent, were still stunted in 2017.

1 in 8

More than 1 in 8 adults is obese.

1 in 3

1 in 3 women of reproductive age is anemic.

26%

26 percent of workers are employed in agriculture.

  • By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round

  • By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons

  • By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

  • By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

  • By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed

  • Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries

  • Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round

  • Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.
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Goals in action
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Bashir: From bankruptcy to success

Bashir Naji is one example of a previously vulnerable person who lost his living to the ongoing conflicts. The 30-year-old father heads a family of…

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Searching for a place to call home

Amna’s situation has improved dramatically since joining the cash-for-work project that is being implemented by the Social Fund for Development (SFD)…

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Red Sea Mills free of explosives for the first time in 8 months

The presence of explosive remnants of war (ERW) throughout Yemen poses a major risk to civilians, with landmines and other ERW causing 233 civilian…

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Samiah: Caught between war and displacement

Samiah hopes for peace to prevail in Yemen and that the war will come to an end soon. She tells us of her story fleeing war in hopes of a better life,…

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Household toilet construction: small change with a big impact

Ameen Musleh is a resident of Dhalima Habour, Amran Governorate, and has four daughters and four sons.

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People are stronger when they work as a team

"People have never had any elections whatsoever before in our village until they had to select the members of our Village Cooperative Council,”

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Opening the door to success in Lawdar district

Mohammed Salem Al Dalak , a 27-year old young man from Lawdar District in Abyan Governorate, is one of those who have been affected by the ongoing…

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Self-employment opportunity for vulnerable youth

Mohammed participated in a UNDP initiative that reopened ten closed bakeries in Al-Mualla neighborhood. The ten bakeries were provided with wheat,…

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