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FAO, World Bank step up response to worsening food security in Afghanistan

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed an unprecedented $150 million contribution

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Jun 2022 9:08 AM GMT

ROME: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed an unprecedented $150 million contribution from the World Bank to provide critical livelihood and life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable rural populations in Afghanistan, while boosting local food production and smallholder resilience.

Some 19.7 million people, almost half of Afghanistan's population, are facing acute hunger, meaning they are unable to feed themselves on a daily basis, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released in May by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster partners, including the FAO, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and many non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

High levels of acute food insecurity persist across Afghanistan due to a combination of a collapsing economy and continuing drought.

The ripple effects from the war in Ukraine are exacerbating the food security situation, pushing food prices to new highs, increasing the costs of vital agricultural inputs, especially fertilizer, and placing pressure on countries in the region supplying wheat to Afghanistan to restrict food exports, giving priority to their respective domestic consumption.

The new Afghanistan Emergency Food Security Project will boost the production of food crops for smallholder Afghan farmers and prevent the further deterioration of food security.

This is the first tranche of a total amount of $195 million, another $45 million will be released within the next 24 months. (IANS)

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