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WFP Cuts Aid to 8 Million Food-Insecure People Due to Funding Shortfall

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Fidel Rahmati
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The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) had to cut aid to 8 million people in Afghanistan due to a funding shortfall.

According to a recent UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report, the country’s most remote areas would be especially at risk from the significant financing gaps endangering crucial humanitarian aid. Women and children are the most vulnerable amid the Taliban’s mounting restrictions.

“Additionally, 1.4 million new and expecting mothers, toddlers, and preschoolers are no longer receiving foods designed to prevent malnutrition,” the report stressed.

Moreover, the report stated that “From July onwards, only 5 million people will receive emergency food assistance when 15 million people in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) 3 and 4 do not know where their next meal will come from.”

Meanwhile, “nutrition partners also reported that 25 mobile health and nutrition teams (MHNTs) in four provinces have been shut down due to funding shortfalls. The affected provinces include Nuristan, Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar.”

Closing these teams means more than 100,000 people will not have access to essential health and nutrition care services across the Eastern region.

More than 31,500 households with severely undernourished children would also be denied access to vital integrated cash packages for nutrition due to a lack of financing.

Additionally, the Taliban’s string of restrictive bans on education could result in the closure of 2,800 community-based classrooms, affecting 83,000 kids, 59% of whom are girls, and preventing them from continuing their education beyond the sixth grade.

Additionally, about 2.6 million individuals need access to clean drinking water, 1.5 million miss out on hygiene education, 1.6 million lack necessary nonfood items, and 844,000 are exposed to poor sanitation.

Just 9% of the $4.6 billion needed for Afghanistan’s initial Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) had been received as of June of this year.

However, if funding shortfalls are not filled, WFP has warned that the organization’s budget for food assistance will end by the end of October.

The World Food Programme estimates that at least $1.2 billion is needed to prevent the alarming malnutrition and hunger rates from rising in the coming months.

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