On June 20, 2023, the IOFS delegation participated in the second phase of the Flour for Humanity program in Kabul, Afghanistan. The program, supported by private sector members of the IOFS Subsidiary (IFPA), Kondiz, and Amar Group, involved the distribution of 70 tonnes of fortified wheat flour as part of IOFS's Humanitarian Food Assistance initiative in collaboration with UNAMA, UNODC, and local institutions. The focus was on targeting Drug Treatment Centers (DTCs) in Afghanistan.
The implementation of this program aligns with the IOFS's global mandate on the Afghanistan Food Security Programme (AFSP), as set by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. Through the generous support of private companies like Kondiz and Amar Group, 68 tons of wheat flour were distributed to five DTCs, with the largest batch allocated to Agoosh DTC in Kabul, which serves around 5,000 patients.
During bilateral talks, officials from UNAMA and UNODC emphasized the significance of addressing drug use in Afghanistan and promoting rehabilitation through vocational skills and religious guidance. They expressed gratitude to the IOFS and other OIC institutions for their efforts in implementing the Flour for Humanity project, highlighting the need for partnerships to combat drug use and maintain international standards in treatment centers. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of meeting basic food needs to create a sustainable environment, and the IOFS expressed its readiness to strengthen its efforts through development projects and humanitarian aid.
The IOFS delegation, led by Mr. Emre Yuksek, engaged in discussions with UNODC officials regarding the future expansion of the project. The delegation aims to continue bilateral talks with various stakeholders to establish result-oriented partnerships for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations in Afghanistan.