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Photo: WFP/Julian Frank/2021

Conflict & Hunger in Afghanistan 

Hunger in Afghanistan has reached record levels due to conflict, economic collapse and ongoing drought.

A Nation in Distress

Almost half of Afghanistan’s population is in the grips of an unprecedented hunger crisis. Decades of complex conflicts, combined with an economic crisis and climate shocks, have pushed nearly 19 million Afghans into severe levels of hunger.

18.9M

Afghans are facing crisis levels of hunger or worse

6M

Afghans are on the brink of starvation

20K

Afghans are already facing famine

Q&A with Afghanistan Country Director

WFP is committed to staying the course in Afghanistan as long as it is possible to deliver assistance to the Afghan people while ensuring the safety of our staff.

WFP has been in Afghanistan for more than 60 years and despite security and logistics challenges, is on the ground working with partners to get food to those most in need.

 

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How We Help Afghans Survive Hunger

WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963 – with a special focus on women and girls – helping vulnerable families, schoolchildren, returning refugees, internally displaced people and disabled people. With your help, we provide:

Food & Cash

In 2022, WFP has assisted 19.2 million people through emergency food and nutrition support, distributing 540,000 MT of food and $149 million in cash and commodity vouchers.

School Meals

WFP’s school meals serve as a lifeline for the children of Afghanistan. Through daily meals, hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren receive the nutrition they need to thrive in the classroom.

Nutrition Support

WFP has become a lifeline for millions of women and children through direct food and nutrition aid. In 2022, WFP has supported 612,000 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women through nutrition programs.

Food for Assets

This year, WFP is aiming to reach 1M people through Food for Assets and vocational projects including: building irrigation canals, helping farmers to repair arable land and teaching embroidery.

A Dangerous Uphill Battle

Conflict

For decades, Afghans have lived through foreign intervention, civil war, insurgency and widespread insecurity. This has destroyed the country’s economic growth, limiting opportunities and making poverty worse. The recent escalation of conflict has thrown the lives of Afghan families into turmoil and uncertainty.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Andrew Quilty

Hunger

Nearly half of Afghanistan's population is food insecure, and that insecurity is rising sharply. Undernutrition is a big concern for women, children, displaced people, returnees, households headed by women, people with disabilities and the poor.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Andrew Quilty

Coronavirus

Millions face acute food insecurity in the face of COVID-19. The pandemic is particularly hard on the more than one in four Afghans who rely on day labor and low-income jobs to live. Lockdowns and other measures to stop the spread of the virus threaten to push vulnerable communities deeper into despair.

Photo: WFP/Massoud Hossaini

Drought

A massive drought in 2018 – the worst in a decade – wreaked havoc on most of the country. It displaced thousands, kept farmers from growing crops and forced people to sell precious animals.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Andrew Quilty

The Larger Climate

Every year, some 250,000 people on average are affected by a wide range of environmental disasters including floods, droughts, avalanches, landslides and earthquakes. Weather events become more and more unpredictable - and severe - each year.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Andrew Quilty

Read the Latest News Out of Afghanistan

Photo: WFP/ Sheer Ali/2022 WFP Rapidly Deploys Food and Logistics Equipment to Earthquake-Hit Eastern Afghanistan

WFP has rapidly deployed food and logistics equipment to support communities devastated by the June 22 earthquake that struck near the city of Khost.

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Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral/2022 Record Levels of Hunger Persist in Afghanistan

Lingering drought and the deep economic crisis mean unprecedented hunger will continue to threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across Afghanistan.

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Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri/2022 "Our Presence Is Hope." WFP Continues to Serve the People of Afghanistan Through a Bitter Winter of Cold and Hunger

Almost overnight, Asia’s most fragile economy collapsed. For millions of people, WFP’s emergency food assistance has been a lifeline amidst chaos and uncertainty.

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Help Provide Support in Emergencies

You can help save lives in Afghanistan and other countries by donating to send emergency food supplies today.