Afghanistan stares at an acute food crisis, UN urges nations to unfreeze funds

Afghanistan in the grip of an acute food crisis, UN urges nations to unfreeze funds
Image: WFP/ Marco Di Lauro

As per the United Nations, millions of Afghans who are at the brink of collapse could die of starvation. There is a need for urgent action to deal with the food crisis going on in Afghanistan.

Calling for lifting the freeze on funds for humanitarian efforts, the World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters that more than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million population were facing acute food insecurity. They are marching to starvation.

Afghanistan saw the beginning of its economy’s collapse soon after the Taliban fighters takeover post troops withdrawal.

Also, the food crisis is exacerbated by the looming threat of climate change.

Additionally, the Taliban administration has been blocked from accessing assets held overseas. This comes as the world nations grapple with how to deal with the ultras.

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As per the UN executive, the dollars earmarked for Afghanistan’s development assistance should now be repurposed for humanitarian aid including food.

Afghanistan in the grip of food crisis

Moreover, the Chinese Foreign Minister met with acting Deputy PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Tuesday.

China expressed its willingness to continue to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The Taliban leaders have also expressed interest in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

It will help the Afghan economy and ease the acute shortage of food in war-torn Afghanistan.

As per rough estimates, the UN food agency (WFP) needs up to $220m a month. This is a figure estimation that will partially help in feeding the nearly 23 million vulnerable people as winter nears.

Aid groups are worried as this food crisis could also trigger a migration crisis.

The world has seen many humanitarian crises in the past from WWII-induced ones to those in the middle east, Africa and Syria being the latest in 2015.

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