Health and Dietary Diversity in Yemen

Encouraged by national agriculture and food policies, Yemen has experienced rapid transformation of its agricultural sector. Irrigation, chemical inputs and new crop varieties are affecting rural livelihoods, especially in the rainfed highlands that are home to the poorest and most marginalized communities in the country. While these policies may increase the food supply in the short run, there are questions about the nutritional quality of the food, its accessibility to the poorest and the environmental sustainability of its production. These issues affect not only the population of the rainfed highlands, but also those further down the slopes, who often bear the brunt of unsustainable practices.

The project team will study the social and agroecological context of highland communities, and promote local food production and traditional rural diets for better health and environmental outcomes.

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Start Date

Thursday, January 19, 2006

End Date

Sunday, February 1, 2009


24 months

IDRC Officer

El-Fattal, Lamia

Total funding

CA$ 210,300


Middle East, Yemen, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Amin Al-Hakimi


Sana'a University

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