Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Afghanistan

February 24, 2017

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.

  • An estimated 9.3 million people in Afghanistan are food-insecure, including 3.4 million people classified as severely food insecure, according to the Government of Afghanistan (GoA). The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) notes that internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees from Pakistan who do not receive humanitarian assistance will likely experience Crisis—IPC 3—levels of food insecurity.

  • As of January 2017, an estimated 9.3 million people in Afghanistan require humanitarian assistance, according to the UN, including approximately 1.2 million refugees and vulnerable returnees and 1 million IDPs.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) has provided $20 million through the UN World Food Program (WFP) to facilitate emergency operations responding to the influx of Afghans returning from Pakistan and over 30,000 IDPs. In total, FFP support provides emergency food assistance to nearly 1 million beneficiaries, including documented and undocumented returnees and Pakistani refugees.

  • In FY 2016, FFP provided 34,630 metric tons of commodities, including lentils, vegetable oil, and wheat, valued at nearly $27 million to WFP. Additionally, FFP provided $17 million for the local and regional purchase of wheat and High Energy Biscuits.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $20.0 million   8,812  MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $44.0  million 34,630  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

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. FY 2017 contribution based on funds provided to date.

Last updated: February 27, 2017

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