The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that some of the organizations supporting food and agriculture in Afghanistan have halted their operations.
Deputy FAO Representative Fabrizio Cesaretti said on Friday that the organization would cover 3.5 million people who are in grave need. “Agriculture is still one of the main sectors for the economy of Afghanistan and it is surely the basic food production for the people and rural livelihoods are at risk because ... many government-sponsored projects funded by the World Bank or other donors are now suspended,” he added.
The recent drought, Covid-19 crisis and halt in international humanitarian support are said to be the main reasons for the increase of food insecurity and challenges to the agriculture sector of Afghanistan.
The World Food Program (WFP) warned that Afghanistan was facing a severe food shortage crisis.
According to WFP officials, this year’s theme for the celebration of International Food Day was “climate change." They called climate change a main factor in hunger and food insecurity.
“There are a lot of problems this year in Afghanistan, food insecurity is a challenge, and organizations including the WFP are attempting to provide assistance to the people,” said Wahidulllah Amani, a spokesman for the WFP.
A Kabul resident, Haji Mohammad, said: “I usually buy four pieces of bread and eat them together with a family of 13 members just to stay alive, we don’t have anything else.”
October 16 is designated World Food Day. According to initial statics, over 60 percent of Afghans are jobless, and more than half of the country’s population is facing hunger.
“This year’s World Food Day finds us at a critical moment. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a global challenge, causing untold losses and hardship. The impact of the climate crisis is all around us. Crops have gone up in flames. Homes have been washed away. Lives and livelihoods have been thrown into turmoil due to conflict and other humanitarian emergencies. Global food security challenges have not been this severe for years,” said, QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
According to WFP’s statistics, over 14 million people are struggling with food insecurity in Afghanistan.