Record Levels of Hunger Persist in Afghanistan: World Food Program

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has once again warned of an increase in hunger in Afghanistan, saying that almost half of Afghanistan’s population is facing acute hunger.

According to a WFP report, the prolonged drought and deep economic crisis will threaten the livelihoods of millions of people across Afghanistan.

“19.7 million people, almost half of Afghanistan’s population, are facing acute hunger according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis conducted in January and February 2022 by Food Security and Agriculture Cluster partners, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and many NGOs,” the report reads.

The report further added that humanitarian assistance averted a catastrophe in the harsh winter months – but hunger continues across the country at unprecedented levels.

The report predicts that the outlook for June-November 2022 sees a slight improvement in the food security situation, with a reduction in the number of people facing acute food insecurity to 18.9 million people.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy says that is considering a strategic and a food insecurity plan to solve the challenges which children face in the country.

“In the permanent economic strategy of the Ministry of Economy, the rebuilding of Afghanistan’s infrastructure is included,”  Aman Nazari, deputy of the Ministry of Economy.

“I can do any kind of work as an architect. But there is no work. Now I work as a vendor on the street,” said a street worker.

“I am a widow and I am begging here. I lost my husband eight months ago,” a female beggar said.

Meanwhile, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently said that the latest assessment of the International Labour Organization (ILO) shows that in the last three months of 2021 in Afghanistan, 500,000 people have lost their jobs.