The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Concerns over discontinuation of food assistance by WFP

Concerns over lack of resources and funds for food assistance to the needy people of Afghanistan are increasing as the World Food Program (WFP) has announced that its funding for food assistance in Afghanistan will run out by October in just three months. Currently, WFP is providing millions of the needy population of the country with food assistance across the country. In case WFP does not find considerable fund for food assistance to the needy people of Afghanistan, millions of people will face with further poverty in the country. The WFP is able to support only five million people in Afghanistan during the next few months, but once funds run out, the program will be unable to continue its operations “It’s five million people we are able to serve for another couple of months but then beyond that, we don’t have the resources,” Hsiao-Wei told media. The WFP and other international organizations have called for help to prevent humanitarian crisis in the country. It’s time that the world should further focus on funding programs run by the World Food Program in Afghanistan. The WFP currently assists four million people in Afghanistan, while the need for assistance extends to fifteen million people. If the WFP is not provided with necessary funds in coming months, it will have negative impacts on the needy people of Afghanistan. This will also increase poverty among the country’s population. Despite the challenges, the director of the WFP in Afghanistan emphasizes the importance of continuing assistance to vulnerable individuals and carrying out nutrition projects. She added that half of the recipients of WFP assistance are women and girls. Previously, the United Nations requested a budget of $3.2 billion to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. However, only 9 percent of this budget has been secured, leaving a significant funding gap that needs to be addressed urgently. Between January and April 2023, humanitarian partners in Afghanistan reached 15.6 million people with food and livelihood support, 5.4 million with healthcare, 2.4 million children and pregnant/lactating women with malnutrition support, 4.6 million with water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, 697,900 children with education access, 325,400 with emergency shelter and household items, and 1.1 million with protection assistance. In the coming months, millions of people who have received assistance will require ongoing support. This includes tailored packages addressing various needs, including food, cash, healthcare, education, dignified shelter, and water access. Overall, the 2023 humanitarian response has reached 18.2 million people, with 16.7 million receiving direct assistance. Funding has relied on $850 million carried over from 2022 and scant new funding in 2023 ($344m by April). Shukria Kohistani

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.