After decades of war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters, Afghanistan has significant recovery needs. Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty with a crumbling infrastructure and a landscape that is suffering from environmental damage.
About 33 percent of the total population—some 9.3 million people—are food-insecure. Insurgent activity and military operations have impacted food security in some regions, as well as reconstruction efforts and humanitarian interventions.
The levels of food insecurity and undernutrition are so high that Afghanistan is one of the 10 countries in the world with the highest burden of undernourished children.
In addition, years of environmental degradation in the country, combined with its natural landscape, make Afghanistan highly vulnerable to intense and recurring natural hazards like flooding, earthquakes, avalanches, landslides and droughts.
An estimated 235,000 people affected by natural disasters and nearly 750,000 conflict-affected people will require humanitarian food assistance in 2016.