Millions in Need of Aid in Drought-Hit Afghan Regions, Aid NGOs Say

Locals receive food assistance in Afghanistan. Photo by: Ebadullah Ebadi / WFP

Millions of people in the northern, northeastern and western parts of Afghanistan are at risk of food shortage due to the drought affecting the three regions. This is according to a group of non-governmental organizations urging for rapid international response to avert widespread food crisis.

Drought conditions, brought by inadequate rain and snowfall in parts of Afghanistan, have resulted in significant reductions in the volume of harvested crops and massive livestock losses, the group noted in a statement. The group, which includes Concern Worldwide, ActionAid, Oxfam International, Afghanaid, and ZOA, added that there has been an increase in malnutrition rates in the three affected regions.

The NGOs are calling on donors to commit adequate funds immediately. This is to address urgent humanitarian needs in the drought-affected regions and to ensure these funds can be rapidly accessed by aid groups responding to the crisis.

In their statement, the five NGOs also stressed the importance of responding to the crisis based on existing local coping mechanisms and market structures. They recommended cash-based interventions as an ideal means of assisting those affected by the drought.

Further, the NGOs emphasized the need for longer-term initiatives to strengthen affected villages’ resilience to future droughts.

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