An Ancient Tradition at Risk: Yemen’s Beekeeping and Honey Production in Times of War
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An Ancient Tradition at Risk: Yemen’s Beekeeping and Honey Production in Times of War

23 July 2023


In December 2021, a review of the use of humanitarian principles in the Yemen response was published by HERE-Geneva,[2] followed by a review of the humanitarian access environment in Yemen in March 2022.[3] Finally, the official inter-agency humanitarian evaluation (IAHE) was completed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)[4] in July 2022.[5] Together the reports have provided for more ope. [...] In a validation workshop on the IAHE findings in Amman in early 2022, some reportedly tried to push back against the findings with the oft-heard refrain of “You don’t understand the realities of Yemen.”[6] With some of the in- country senior leadership visibly upset, it reportedly took the intervention of the Humanitarian Coordinator to ensure that the findings were accepted by UN agencies.[7] Des. [...] Rather than a food security crisis, many feel that the Yemen crisis is a protection crisis, where restricted and conditional access to aid and resources remains the largest obstacle for the majority of the population, blended with a development and economic crisis which are beyond the capacity of the humanitarian system to resolve.[15] [12] Highlighted in all interviews with key informants. [...] The representative indicated that in the field, it is often found that other districts surrounding the prioritized district had higher needs, indicating the questionable accuracy of analysis.[79] Though the issue of data is key to the humanitarian response, the aid community declined to address this deficiency in the management response plan following the IAHE. [...] Humanitarian aid continues to be the largest response to the crisis, despite its inability to address the structural issues that lie at the root of many of the challenges facing the Yemeni population.

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