World Food Programme (WFP) reports that acute food insecurity, which affects more than half of the Afghan population, is at crisis or emergency levels in all 34 provinces.

Food insecurity is on the rise among female-headed households, with nearly all experiencing insufficient food intake.

According to the WFP’s report, between June and November 2022, 18.9 million Afghans, or nearly half the country’s population, will experience severe food insecurity.

According to the WFP’s most recent Food Security Update, over 90% of Afghans have consumed inadequate food for more than nine months.

WFP warned that 4.7 million Afghan children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers could experience acute malnutrition in 2022.

According to a WFP assessment, Afghanistan’s harvest is predicted to be below average due to recurrent drought and unpredictable weather shocks, which might worsen the country’s already dire food insecurity situation.

WFP has provided food, nutrition, and resilience support to more than 2 million people in July. However, to funding restrictions, WFP was compelled to lower its caseload in July to a target of only 10 million people.

Since Kabul fell in August and American troops left, the Taliban-controlled government has been cut off from the global economy, resulting in a financial catastrophe, extreme poverty, food insecurity and inflation, and the loss of essential public services, such as healthcare.

Author

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