Yemen - Agriculture

Agricultural production is the single most important contributor to Yemen's economy, accounting for 20 percent of GDP. The agricultural sector provides approximately 58 percent of the country's employment. The labor-intensive sector is largely underdeveloped and inefficient, as a result of soil erosion, the high cost of credit and land, a lack of investment, and the scarcity of water. Most of the cultivated land is irrigated and dependent on groundwater, but high demand could exhaust water supplies by 2008. Although agricultural output has increased steadily in the past few years, crop yields remain low relative to those produced by comparable countries.

Major agricultural products include fruits, vegetables, and cereals, but production is rarely sufficient to meet domestic demand. As a result, Yemen continues to import most of its food. Yemen also cultivates qat, a mildly narcotic plant indigenous to Africa. Although legal, the government has recently moved to ban its consumption in public offices and on army duty due to economic and social costs associated with those under the influence. It continues to be widely consumed, and future efforts to ban it are unlikely.

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Nov 24, 2010 @ 8:08 am
I plan to undertake mechanized agriculture in Yamen on leased land in multiple of 1000 acres. Is there any possibility with assistance/incentive from the Government ?
tahira jaafar
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Mar 8, 2019 @ 7:19 pm
What can impact agriculture yields in Yemen?
what are challenges to reducing food scarcity in Yemen?
what does the future look like for Yemen?
These questions have been on my mind for a while and I really want them to be answered but I can't find a website that would answer them?
Gmail Adel
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May 7, 2019 @ 1:13 pm
I really liked it because it is new information for me

thanks a lot
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Oct 11, 2019 @ 12:12 pm
Good day to you,
Regarding "Tahira Jaafar" questions.
Based on Yemen's climate/rain fall etc. water is the main issue besides the conflict of course. Yemen depends on ground water and its water tables are drastically low.
I am sure with advancements in micro irrigation systems, seeds, etc. there can be good progress. What is stopping international community from jumping and investing into it? Obviously, conflict & security issues. International aid should not just focus on immediate needs but divert some of the funding to medium term projects that would produce and help solve the problem. I know there's more to it but it can start somewhere. Just my humble & naive opinion.

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