As of August 2015, 27 percent of micro, small, medium and large enterprises had closed as a result of the crisis. Businesses are being damaged and losing their customer base. Sourcing goods and commodities is made difficult due to import restrictions. Unemployment, which already stood amongst the highest in the region, is dramatically increasing as markets close and the economic activity comes to a standstill. Productive Yemen aims to revive businesses and social entrepreneurship skills, particularly among youth, to mitigate the impact of the war on communities.
Rural women are the active agricultural labour force in Sa’ada’s Al-Anad area and greenhouse vegetable farming is their primary livelihood income source. The Al-Anad area supplies fresh vegetables to surrounding villages and major cities, including Sa’ada City.
Honey beekeeping is the primary livelihood and income source for Hagr’s small-scale farmers. Yemeni honey is worldwide famous for its quality, taste and health benefits ranking amongst the highest valued on the international markets.
Since March 2015, 1,000 schools have been damaged or closed. The units which supply and provide for all school books in the country, the Sana’a School Production Unit and Aden Central Furniture Manufacturing Unit, are currently closed.Consequently, school children are without needed books, and schools are without furniture such as tables and cha
Bread is the staple Yemeni food. Import restrictions have increased the cost of wheat flour, and prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country has restricted bakeries from staying open. Reviving bakeries is an opportunity to provide fresh and local bread to the population while reducing aid dependency and restarting the local economy.
The Ibb Food Production Plant is an annex to the University’s Faculty of Agriculture. It directly benefits small-scale farmers in the local areas providing farming inputs (seeds, seedling, organic fertilizer) and receiving raw supply material (milk) for its dairy production unit.