A humanitarian crisis of incredible proportions has grown even more complex and severe since the Taliban took control. Job losses, lack of cash and soaring prices are creating a new class of hungry in Afghanistan. 14 million Afghans – or one in three – were already facing severe hunger, and now 95 percent of families are not consuming enough food. This marks an increase of 15 percent in just a month.
The country is on the brink of economic collapse, with the local currency at an all-time low and food prices on the rise.
Acute malnutrition is above emergency thresholds in 27 out of 34 provinces, and is expected to worsen, with almost half of children under 5 and a quarter of pregnant and breastfeeding women needing life-saving nutrition support in the next 12 months.
As winter approaches, getting food into the country and prepositioning it at strategic locations is now the most urgent task for WFP. Once the snow sets in, roads will be cut off and communities stranded. This lean season, WFP food assistance will be the only lifeline for many Afghan families.
The international community needs to step up to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. WFP urgently needs US$200 million to help people in need between now and the end of the year.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Afghanistan emergency
Food and nutrition assistance
WFP provides unconditional, fortified and nutritionally-balanced food assistance to people in need in the country. Since the beginning of 2021, WFP has provided 6.9 million people with food and nutrition support, including 455,500 internally displaced people. Our targeted supplementary feeding programme assisted 350,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and 722,000 children suffering from or at risk of malnutrition.
WFP humanitarian flights have resumed and are now flying to Kabul and other destinations, serving the entire humanitarian community. The UNHAS passenger service requires US$18 million, while WFP’s cargo airbridge requires US$12 million. These common services are vital to the humanitarian response in Afghanistan and must be adequately funded.