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November 4, 2013
Food Security Situation
Three decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters have left Afghanistan one of the poorest countries in the world despite growth in recent years. Millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty, with more than half the population living below the poverty line.
Though the food security situation has improved in recent years, current threats to food security include difficult access to markets, poor sanitation, low education levels, droughts, floods, and environmental degradation.
According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), food security in the West-Central Highland Agropastoral livelihood zone is likely to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) from September to December as poor households attempt to meet their immediate, minimally adequate food needs through ongoing external assistance, very limited amounts of local production, and some labor income funding market purchases.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets nearly 680,000 food-insecure Afghans for general food assistance and an additional 58,000 Afghans for ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) distribution in all 34 provinces.
FFP partners with the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and the U.N. Children Fund (UNICEF) on a variety of activities, including: emergency food assistance, RUTF distribution for children, food-for-asset programming, IDP assistance, health activities, food-for-education, food-for-training and urban social safety net activities.
Food for Peace Contributions
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Fiscal Year 2013||$46.2 million||30,250 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2012||$68.1 million||49,154 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2011||$168.5 million||109,116 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2010||$58.1 million||54,100 MT|
|Fiscal Year 2009||$73.0 million||70,380 MT|
Fiscal Year 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||----||----|
|Title II Emergency||$46.2 million||30,250 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||----||----|
Note: IPC: Integrated Phase Classification; IDP: Internally Displaced Person; MT: Metric Tons; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program. Food Security Situation information provided by WFP and FEWS NET as of October 2013
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: November 04, 2013