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Pre-Positioning for Effective Relief: WFP Stocks 72k Metric Tons of Food in Remote Afghanistan

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The World Food Program (WFP) has announced the pre-positioning of 72,000 metric tons of food in Afghanistan’s remote districts ahead of the impending winter in an effort to prevent the hunger situation from exacerbating.

The WFP announced on Monday, November 14, that it had transported the targeted amount of food to Afghanistan’s isolated and remote regions before the winter snows rendered them impassable, amid the country’s rising food insecurity.

As a harsh and freezing winter awaits the impoverished people of Afghanistan, the WFP also stated that intends to store 100,000 tons of food in isolated regions of Afghanistan for the country’s 15 million destitute people.

The WFP’s spokesperson, Wahidullah Amani, stated that they will need $1.4 billion to stockpile and distribute the essential food over the upcoming winter.

Nearly 20 million Afghans are at grave risk of starvation, and roughly 6 million of them need immediate assistance, according to the WFP and the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

This comes as Afghanistan is in the middle of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises magnified by widespread poverty and unemployment.

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