22.8 million Afghans will face acute hunger: UN agencies

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KABUL: More than half of the population Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people – will face acute food insecurity from November, a UN aid agency said on Monday.
These data on acute hunger were revealed in a new report published by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) by the Afghanistan Food Security and Agriculture Cluster, led by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and UN World Food Program (WFP).
A WFP release stated that the combined effects of drought, conflict, Covid-19 and the economic crisis have seriously affected lives, livelihoods and human access to food.
The report’s findings come as Afghanistan’s harsh winters loom and threaten to cut off areas of the country where families are desperately dependent on humanitarian aid to survive the icy winter months.
The IPC report has found that more than one in two Afghans will face crises or acute levels of acute food insecurity during the lean season of November 2021 to March 2022, requiring urgent humanitarian efforts to meet basic food needs, protect livelihoods and prevent a humanitarian disaster. .
The report also notes that this is the highest number of acutely food-safe people ever registered during the ten years that the UN has conducted IPC analyzes in Afghanistan. Globally, Afghanistan is home to one of the largest numbers of people with acute food insecurity in both absolute and relative terms
“It is important that we act effectively and efficiently to speed up and scale up our supply in Afghanistan before the winter cuts off much of the country, with millions of people – including farmers, women, young children and the elderly – starving in the icy cold. “It’s a matter of life or death. We can not wait to see humanitarian catastrophes unfold before us – that is unacceptable!” sa QU Dongyu, Director – General of the FAO.
“Afghanistan is now among the world’s worst humanitarian crises – if not the worst – and food supplies have almost collapsed. This winter, millions of Afghans will be forced to choose between migration and famine if we cannot increase our life-saving aid, and unless the economy can be revived. “We are counting down to disaster and if we do not act now, we will have a total disaster in our hands,” he said. David Beasley, WFP’s CEO.
“Hunger is rising and children are dying. We can not feed people on promises – funding commitments must be turned into hard money, and the international community must come together to tackle this crisis, which is rapidly spinning out of control,” Beasley warned.
The IPC report reflects a 37 percent increase in the number of Afghans facing acute hunger since the most recent assessment in April 2021, the WFP said.
Among those at risk are 3.2 million children under the age of five who are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition at the end of the year. In October, WFP and UNICEF warned that one million children were at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition without immediate life-saving treatment.


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