The EU contributes EUR 50 million to the World Food Program for Afghanistan

According to WFP’s latest estimate, a staggering nine out of 10 households are unable to meet their food needs, with women-headed households particularly vulnerable.

“This is a time of urgent need in . People are reeling from the effects of four decades of conflict, climate threats, COVID-19 and the socio-economic crisis that have taken people out of jobs and livelihoods across the country last year,” said Raffaella IodiceEU chargé d’affaires in Afghanistan.

“People who used to be able to put food on the table are now struggling and turning to humanitarian organizations to help them in this new reality. We are committed to helping the Afghan population, especially the most vulnerable. Our investment in WFP’s resilience programming is an investment that will have long-lasting, positive impacts on local communities.” , Iodice added.

Through WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) and Food Assistance for Training (FFT) programs, men and women receive monthly food rations or cash assistance for participating in community asset projects or training courses such as fruit and vegetable processing, marketing and backyard. gardening.

Since the beginning of 2022, EU funding has helped WFP reach almost 427,000 people in 27 out of 34 provinces with such programs.

“The Afghan people need support in building productive livelihoods more than ever,” said Mary-Ellen McGroarty, WFP Country Director for Afghanistan. “We are extremely grateful to the for this latest contribution. It allows WFP to continue our long-term livelihoods and survival to help families better prepare for and withstand environmental and human-caused disturbances. Through skills training, young people and women, who are often the sole breadwinners of their families, are empowered and has the means to support himself and his family.”

With EU funding, 1.4 million trees were planted in January-July this year, 720 km of canals and 11 km of flood protection walls were built or renovated.

More than 2,000 villages across the country have improved market access thanks to improved roads, and the construction of dams, water ponds and reservoirs has strengthened the water supply of local communities.

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Source: ANI

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