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30 January 2013

The bitter cold of the Afghan winter is killing an increasing number of people, especially children, in urban slums where internally displaced Afghans struggle to survive, aid agencies said on Tuesday. Human rights group Amnesty International said its research showed at least 11 children and six adults had died in the last month as a result of the cold weather, though there are no official figures. (..) The government has been reluctant to build proper shelters or provide permanent amenities as it fears this would encourage more displaced people to move into these illegal settlements.


12 October 2012

The United Nations is to help Afghanistan combat the effects of climate change, teaming up with the country’s Government to implement a $6 million initiative that aims to operate in vulnerable communities and shore up the ability of Afghan institutions to independently address risks posed by changes to the climate. (..) UNEP’s key partners on the ground in the Central Asian nation include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).


24 August 2012

The biscuit factory-in-a-box is the latest innovation under the U.N. World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress initiative. It is composed of seven containers, 6x2.5 meters each, and complete with the usual baking equipment: ovens, mixers and conveyor belts. (..) Only high-energy biscuits of the kind WFP already provides under its school-feeding programs will be produced at the factory at first.


26 June 2012

WFP's goal is to work with the Afghan government to provide meals for every child at school as well as take-home rations. (..) Shershah Wahidi, the Senior Logistics Assistant, said, "The roads in this part of Afghanistan don’t usually reopen until late May. But we had to send food to these villages early this year because this region remains without food during winter. We wanted to make sure that supplies for the schools were in place in good time to convince students to start attending classes as early as possible.”


14 May 2012

I can see how WFP’s take-home rations for schoolgirls would make a big difference. A monthly can of fortified cooking oil used to seem to me like a small incentive to families to send their girls to school. Progress is being made in Afghanistan, but we need to ensure that we don’t lose the momentum, especially as donor countries are facing tough economic choices.


14 May 2012

I visited a training centre on the outskirts of Kabul where we met a group of women learning how to read and write and - incongruously - sew footballs. (..) One of the women had been married off when she was just ten years old. Her husband didn’t want their own daughter to go to school, but she stood up to him and eventually got her way. (..) I can see how WFP’s take-home rations for schoolgirls would make a big difference. A monthly can of fortified cooking oil used to seem to me like a small incentive to families to send their girls to school. Progress is being made in Afghanistan, but we need to ensure that we don’t lose the momentum, especially as donor countries are facing tough economic choices.


29 March 2012

The World Food Program says Russia has donated 41 trucks to support food delivery operations in Afghanistan. They are valued at $2.7 million. WFP Afghanistan Director Louis Imbleau thanked the Russian government for such a generous donation, saying logistics is a key element in getting food to hungry people in the war-torn country. (..) The trucks have capacity of 14 metric tons and have so far delivered more than 100,000 metric tons of food and non-food items to the needy.


24 February 2012

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), with support from the U.S. Food for Peace plan, is providing life-saving aid to millions of hungry Afghans as part of a drought relief operation. (..) WFP's Silke Buhr recently visited one of the food distributions in Samangan, which was one of 14 Afghan provinces struck by the drought. (..) Food for Peace and WFP can make the difference for Afghanistan moving toward peace and development.


27 January 2012

Much of Dawood Boy’s village in northern Afghanistan is empty. More than 1,000 families from Alburz in Balkh Province abandoned it 4-6 months ago after a drought affecting nearly half the country left 2.8 million people in need of food assistance, according to the World Food Programme.


18 January 2012

Avalanches in northeastern Afghanistan have cut off tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of people already at risk of hunger due to drought, opening the door to a potential humanitarian crisis if aid cannot reach them, says a provincial official. (..) WFP began distributing emergency food across drought-hit areas in December, and had been distributing food to chronically hungry people before that as part of its regular programs.