14.2M estimated to be facing acute food insecurity in Afghanistan: UN

Country: Afghanistan
14.2M estimated to be facing acute food insecurity in Afghanistan: UN
04 June 2024

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that approximately 14.2 million individuals in Afghanistan are currently grappling with acute food insecurity, constituting 37% of the country's population, as per the organization's latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report for March-April 2024. This figure marks a significant decrease from early 2022, when around 23 million people, or 55% of the population, were experiencing acute food insecurity, according to FAO country representative Richard Trenchard. Trenchard highlighted the unprecedented scale and speed of this decline, attributing it to various factors such as the resilience of Afghanistan's farmers and population, improved climatic conditions, economic stabilization, and substantial humanitarian and non-humanitarian aid. Despite this positive trend, Afghanistan remains one of the world's most substantial food insecurity crises, with over 2 million people still facing emergency levels of food insecurity. Trenchard emphasized the fragility of the food security situation, particularly in light of potential climate-induced and economic shocks. He underscored the necessity of continued investment in both humanitarian food assistance and emergency agricultural aid to sustain the downward trajectory in food insecurity levels.

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