According to a report by Afghanistan-based Khaama Press, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has identified Afghanistan as one of the ten countries where nearly two million people are grappling with acute food insecurity. The WFP's statement, released on a recent Saturday, underscored that Afghanistan is among these ten nations, where a staggering 19.9 million individuals are facing food insecurity.
The report from the WFP reveals that approximately 70% of those urgently requiring food assistance reside in countries including Congo, Nigeria, Sudan, Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Bangladesh, and Somalia.
Alarmingly, the organization has reported that a distressing 41 million people in Afghanistan are dealing with severe food insecurity. Prior to the release of the WFP's report, various international relief agencies had already expressed concerns about funding shortages to support those in need in Afghanistan.
David Beasley, the head of the World Food Programme, also raised the alarm, indicating the potential suspension of his organization's operations in Afghanistan due to budget constraints. Beasley stressed that they lack the necessary funding to sustain their programs beyond the month of October.
In a separate development, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $400 million to safeguard the livelihoods and well-being of vulnerable Afghans, with a particular focus on women and girls, according to a statement cited by Khaama Press.