The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Afghan people facing acute food insecurity

Afghan people are facing food insecurity and hunger due to bad economic conditions, increasing poverty and unemployment, lack of investment, and implementation of major economic projects. According to the report produced by Food Security Information Network (FSIN), Afghanistan is among the ten countries whose citizens are acutely food-insecure, including more than 6 million people on the brink of famine-like conditions in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency). The report finds that around 258 million people in 58 countries and territories faced acute food insecurity at crisis or worse levels (IPC/CH Phase 3-5) in 2022, and Afghanistan is one of the countries that are struggling with high levels of acute food insecurity, poverty, and hunger. Máximo Torero, chief economist at Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said that the population now is “facing high levels of acute food insecurity, not only in magnitude but also in prevalence.” He said that the 10 largest food crisis countries, in terms of magnitude, are first the “DRC, the second one would be Ethiopia, then Afghanistan, Nigeria, Yemen, Myanmar, Syria Arab Republic, Sudan, Ukraine, and Pakistan.” Meanwhile, the World Food Program says that the ban on women has hampered the aid delivery process of the institution. WFP’s spokesman in Afghanistan, Waheedullah Amani, said that WFP believes delivering humanitarian aid to women can be done better by women, and bringing female employees back to work is one of WFP’s priorities. The World Food Program adds that Afghanistan is the fourth country at risk of humanitarian crises and disasters and has been experiencing drought for four consecutive years. Some economic experts believe that political issues negatively affect the country’s economy, and it is required to invest in infrastructure projects to eradicate poverty in the country. Besides, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has claimed in a report that the intervention of the Islamic Emirate in non-governmental activities has increased significantly. It comes as the IEA plays a supervisory role only. Professional Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy Abdul Latif Nazari says that the IEA does not interfere in aid agencies’ work and supervises these agencies’ activities for better transparency. Furthermore, economists say that the IEA coordinates with aid agencies for the distribution of aid, and this is considered coordination, not interference. These economic and political experts believe that in order to eliminate the human crisis, it is necessary to implement major economic projects in the country. Investing in sectors that provide people with employment can play a key role in resolving the humanitarian crisis. However, the humanitarian assistance provided by international agencies cannot do so as it is provided temporarily and is insufficient as well. The Secretary General of the United Nations said before that 90 percent of the Afghan people live in poverty, and the 28 million population in Afghanistan needs humanitarian assistance. SIGAR stated in its latest report that the U.S. donated 2.1 billion dollars to Afghanistan after the IEA seized power. And the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan will be reduced if the Islamic Emirate does not revoke the ban on women working in the United Nations institutions. Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.