As per the reports from International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), a Canada-based think tank, Afghanistan is facing food crisis. The reports said that 95% of Afghans do not have enough food. Ever since the Taliban rule, the condition of Afghanistan has been worsening, as they do not have enough funds to procure food and provide other essentials.
“There are reports that 95 percent of Afghans do not have enough food to eat while half of the population is expected to face acute levels of hunger as winter sets in early November,” IFFRAS said. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has released a report stating that the lives and livelihoods of people have been severely affected due to a number of reasons including drought, Covid-19, economic crisis, and conflicts.
The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) has reported that the acute hunger in Afghans will be at its peak through November 2021 to March 2022 lean season. This calls for the urgent humanitarian interventions so that the basic needs of food can be met and humanitarian catastrophe can be prevented.
“Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises – if not the worst – and food security has all but collapsed. This winter, millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between migration and starvation unless we can step up our life-saving assistance, and unless the economy can be resuscitated. We are on a countdown to catastrophe and if we don’t act now, we will have a total disaster on our hands,” said David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.
Beasley had warned, “Hunger is rising and children are dying. We can’t feed people on promises – funding commitments must turn into hard cash, and the international community must come together to address this crisis, which is fast spinning out of control.”
“It is urgent that we act efficiently and effectively to speed up and scale up our delivery in Afghanistan before winter cuts off a large part of the country, with millions of people – including farmers, women, young children, and the elderly – going hungry in the freezing winter. It is a matter of life or death. We cannot wait and see humanitarian disasters unfolding in front of us – it is unacceptable!” said QU Dongyu,Director-General of Food, and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO) .