Publish dateSaturday 1 July 2023 - 10:10
Story Code : 272543
WFP: Food Assistance to Afghanistan will Shrink to Nothing
The World Food Programme’s country director said that, food assistance to Afghanistan will shrink to nothing by the end of October under current funding projections.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Monitoring, The WFP has already slashed rations and cash assistance from 8 million Afghans this year, underscoring the severity of financial challenges aid agencies face in Afghanistan, home to what the United Nations considers the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“It’s five million people we are able to serve for another couple of months but then beyond that we don’t have the resources,” WFP Afghanistan Country Director Hsiao-Wei Lee told Reuters. “That I think conveys the urgency of where we stand.”

The reductions would start in August, fall further in September and halt in October, according to the WFP’s estimates of current funds and financial assistance promised by donor countries in coming months.

The United Nations has has already had to slash its humanitarian plan funding request as donors hold back. International officials say the stall is in part due to competing global crises and strained government budgets.

Around 15 million Afghans in danger from lack of food are in need of assistance, according to WFP.
WFP needs $1 billion in funding to provide food aid and carry out planned projects between now until March, Lee said.

WFP would stay in Afghanistan and carry out its other work such as nutrition projects, Lee said, even if the projected cuts took place.
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