$257 million needed to help 7.3 million people in Afghanistan

Funds are urgently needed to continue to provide food assistance to 7.3 million people in Afghanistan, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Jalalabad woman receives food voucher

Jalalabad woman receives food voucher

WFP says it requires $257 million for its programme to support mainly women and children in Afghanistan this year.

WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella says that although some donors have been generous to its programmes in the country, the agency only has about half of what it needs.

“Our programme in Afghanistan feeds upwards of 7.3 million people a year. That’s general food distribution, it’s training programmes, it’s programmes for people with TB. It’s supplementary feeding for young children. It’s a whole host of programmes that are really very important to the people in Afghanistan. Due to the decrease in funds that we are facing right now we face a critical pipeline break of wheat in Afghanistan which is expected to occur in June.”

WFP is warning that without additional funds, it will be forced to scale back school feeding activities by half in June this year, affecting more than one million school children.

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