Conflict & Hunger in
Nearly half of Afghanistan’s population faces severe hunger, including 3 million on the brink of starvation. WFP’s food assistance is the last lifeline for millions of Afghans.
A Nation in Distress
Decades of complex conflicts, combined with an economic crisis and climate shocks, have pushed over 15 million Afghans into the most severe levels of hunger.
Afghans face crisis levels of hunger
Afghans are on the brink of starvation
Afghans received WFP aid in 2022
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.
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:
In 2022, WFP has assisted 23 million people through emergency food and nutrition support, distributing over 1 million metric tons of food and $286 million in cash and commodity vouchers.
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.
WFP supports millions of women and children through food and nutrition aid. In 2022, WFP supported over 3 million children and pregnant and breastfeeding women through nutrition programs.
WFP helps communities to build assets like flood protection walls, water canals or trees. These projects help to protect agricultural land and combat the effects of the climate crisis.
A Dangerous Uphill Battle
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/ Sheer Ali/2022
Nearly 40% of Afghanistan’s population is hungry. Undernutrition is a big concern for women, children, displaced people, returnees, households headed by women, people with disabilities and the poor.Photo: WFP/Sven Thelin
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 Afghans 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/Silke Buhr
What’s Happening in Afghanistan?
Read the latest stories and updates from Afghanistan:
Help Provide Support in Emergencies
You can help save lives in Afghanistan and other countries by donating to send emergency food supplies today.