Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Afghanistan

March 14, 2016

Food Security Situation

Map of Afghanistan
CIA World Factbook
  • Over 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.

  • According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 476,559 people have been displaced from their homes since January 2015. The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) projects these 476, 559 IDPs are in IPC level 3 (crisis). FEWS NET’s December 2015 Food Security Outlook places much of the country in IPC level 2 (stressed) through at least March 2016.

  • A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Afghanistan on October 26, resulting in 117 deaths, 544 injuries, and 18,644 damaged or destroyed homes, according to the Afghanistan Food Security and Agriculture Cluster.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In FY 2016, USAID/FFP has provided an estimated 15,870 MT of Title II commodities— including lentils, vegetable oil, and wheat—valued at nearly $27 million to the UN World Food Program’s (WFP) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations. The Title II commodities will be used to support a range of relief and recovery programs, including food distributions for emergency-affected people, nutrition support for malnourished children, and food assistance for students attending primary and vocational schools. 

  • In response to the October 2015 earthquake FFP also contributed 2,922 MT of locally purchased fortified wheat flour valued at $3 million to WFP.  WFP  distributed  the fortified wheat flour to the earthquake-affected communities and IDPs from Kunduz. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $30.0 million 18,792  MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $53.6  million 40,580  MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $66.0  million 42,270  MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $46.2 million 30,250  MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $68.1  million 49,154  MT

Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $27.0 million 15,870 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $3.0 million   2,922 MT

Note: FFP: Food for Peace; WFP: World Food Program; MT: Metric Tons; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program. Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET, UNHCR, and WFP as of January 2016. FY 2016 contribution based on funds awarded as of January 2016.

Last updated: June 03, 2016

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