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India to Supply 10,000 Tons of Wheat to Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

India and the World Food Program (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for humanitarian food assistance of 10,000 tons of wheat for the people of Afghanistan.

J P Singh, joint secretary of the Pak-Afghan-Iran Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and Elisabeth Faure, a representative and the country director of the World Food Programme in India, signed the MoU on Thursday in Mumbai.

According to the statement, the MoU represents the fifth shipment of humanitarian aid from India to Afghanistan sent through the Chabahar port.

Following the donation of 40,000 tons of wheat from India the previous year, the WFP organized assistance for 23 million food-insecure people throughout Afghanistan.

“The fifth tranche builds upon assistance already delivered to those who need it most by WFP in Afghanistan. India has delivered on its commitment,” Singh stated.

“Sincere gratitude to the Indian government for food assistance to the people of Afghanistan. India’s support has been a lifeline for families in need and is an important part of WFP’s assistance to millions of people across Afghanistan,” Faure said.

Earlier, the WPF warned that Since the Taliban seized over, a severe and unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe has gotten even more complicated. A new class of hungry people is emerging in Afghanistan due to job losses, lack of cash, and rising prices. The organization said there is an inadequate food supply for 19.9 million Afghans.

Meanwhile, the organization warned last week that the people of Afghanistan are at the worst risk of famine and urgently needed $800 million for the upcoming six months.

“Catastrophic hunger knocks on Afghanistan’s doors, and unless humanitarian support is sustained, hundreds of thousands more Afghans will need assistance to survive,” WFP said.

Despite a difficult humanitarian situation in the country, the de facto government last week extended its ban on female UN relief workers.

However, the organizations reiterated that since most UN staff members are women, food and nutrition assistance would only be improved with female relief workers.

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