WFP resumes food assistance for people in Afghanistan


During the month of February, the WFP was able to extend its emergency aid in the form of food, cash, nutrition, and livelihoods support to approximately 11.7 million individuals.

Of the total aid provided during this period, cash-based transfers represented 36 percent. This involved direct distribution of cash and value vouchers, which benefitted more than 3.5 million people, and totaled an amount of US$27.1 million transferred. Meanwhile, 833,000 individuals were given commodity vouchers with a total value of US$7.01 million.

In March, the WFP will be compelled to reduce ration sizes for IPC 4 households due to critical funding shortages. Rations that were formerly sufficient to meet 75 percent of a household’s basic food requirements will now only cover 50 percent of their needs.

The WFP provided customized nutritional foods to nearly 1.6 million people in order to avoid mild acute malnutrition (MAM) in children aged 6 to 59 months as well as pregnant and lactating women (PLW). Also, the charity offered 526,500 women and children treatment treatments for malnutrition.

In February, the WFP offered its assistance to 1,770 health centers and 436 mobile health and nutrition teams, in order to ensure continued and equal access to healthcare services in hard-to-reach areas.

The WFP extended its aid to almost 264,000 individuals through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) initiatives, which aim to reinforce community resilience, by providing in-kind and cash-based assistance.

In select areas, Food Assistance for Training (FFT) programs were restarted after a complete halt in early January due to the prohibition on female NGO staff. In February, WFP offered its support to 8,500 individuals through FFT livelihoods training.

In February, School Feeding programs resumed in all community-based education centers and public schools, following the suspension of activities in January due to the prohibition on female NGO workers. The WFP provided High Energy Biscuits or Bread to over 676,000 primary students as part of these initiatives.

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