The latest national Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) exercise in Haiti (October-December 2018) shows a significant deterioration of the food security and nutritional situation of rural households in the country. 2.2 million people are facing acute food insecurity, with 386,000 in a food emergency situation. The nutritional situation of children is of particular concern, with global acute malnutrition rates well above the emergency threshold in some areas.
Between March and June 2019 it is projected that 2.6 million people will be acutely food insecure, including 571,000 in a food emergency situation. Over 37% of the rural population will require emergency food assistance which will require a scaled-up response.
• Yemen's Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) of 6 December 2018, reports 20 million Yemenis above the food security crisis threshold (70% of the total population). Of those, 9.8 million living in 152 districts are categorised as in an emergency situation, and 250 000 face a catastrophic situation (the most dire IPC classification).
• In response to worsening food security, the World Food Programme plans to scale up emergency food assistance in 2018 to reach 12 million Yemenis. Reinforced humanitarian logistic capacities are needed, as well as unhindered access to active conflict locations and additional funding.
• Food insecurity results from the active conflict, the lack of affordability of food items due to the economic crisis and absence of income/payment of civil servant salaries.
• The number of conflict related incidents impacting civilians was the highest in November since August 2018. 143 civilians were killed and 396 injured, mainly in Hodeidah and Sa'ada governorates.
• UN organised peace talks resumed on 6 December after two years in Stockholm, with an initial agreement for a prisoner exchange.