The humanitarian impact of the conflict in Yemen has been exacerbated by scarce water resources, weak governance and poor infrastructure – all of which have been further degraded by the conflict. The conflict has had a huge impact on Yemen’s weak agricultural sector leading to severe food insecurity, and impacted projects aiming to protect its remaining biodiverse areas.


Yemen’s agriculture in distress

Our major satellite analysis of the state of agricultural land in Yemen finds that 257,000 hectares of its most important agricultural areas have exhibited signs of degradation during the current conflict. This is an area equivalent to the total cropland in Jordan or Lebanon.

How has Yemen’s conflict impacted agriculture in the Tihamah?

Agriculture in wadis Zabid and Rima in the Tihamah plain has been hard hit by Yemen’s conflict. Using open-source datasets, Eoghan Darbyshire takes a deep dive into the situation that has unfolded in this area, and analyses the complex relationship between the conflict and the deteriorating agricultural situation.


Was it oil leaking from the FSO SAFER off Yemen?

In September, oil leaked from the dilapidated FSO SAFER oil tanker moored off Yemen. Further material was seen in the water during October but this revised analysis of satellite imagery confirms that this material is the result of plankton blooms.

Twitter: #Yemen

“The more we wait, the chances of a major leak are increasing." Still no sign of the security guarantees the UN needs from the Houthis to procure vessels and deploy contractors for a technical assessment of the SAFER oil tanker off #Yemen.

Discouraging news on the UN technical assessment of the FSO SAFER oil tanker off #Yemen from @UNReliefChief in the #UNSC yesterday. Plans for the mission, which should have already been underway remain up in the air, even as the risk of a catastrophic spill grows daily.

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