Afghanistan: 93% of families do not have enough to eat, according to the UN

Food insecurity has worsened since the Taliban came to power.

In Afghanistan, more than nine out of 10 families (93%) do not have enough food. This is the warning released by the UN on Friday, September 10, just days before a conference that aims to raise the $606 million that the organization needs by the end of 2021 in this country.

“Three out of four families cut portions or borrow food and also buy cheaper food, forgoing more nutritious foods such as dairy, meat or vegetables,” said Anthea Webb, deputy regional director of the World Food Program (WFP) for Asia-Pacific, via videoconference from Bangkok during a regular UN briefing in Geneva. The WFP conducted a telephone survey from Aug. 21 (a week after Kabul fell to the Taliban) to Sept. 5 across Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

The situation was already very critical because of the pandemic and a severe drought, but the difficulty in accessing money since the arrival of the Taliban further aggravated the situation and the prices of basic necessities rose. “The proportion of families that resort to extreme schemes to compensate [le manque de nourriture] Folded up “, insisted Anthea Webb, citing the example of parents who abandon meals in order to feed their children.

Before Aug. 15, 81% of households said they didn’t have enough to eat. But if families were allowed to indulge in protein-rich foods, such as dairy or meat, once a week before the fall of Kabul, they would reduce it to just once every two weeks, he said. Anthea Webb.

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The WFP alone needs $200 million by the end of the year to help 14 million Afghans out of a total population of 38 million.

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