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15 Aug 2018 description

15/08/2018 Afghanistan is experiencing one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies. Ongoing conflict, natural disasters, internal displacement and cross-border movements continue to increase food insecurity. This year, farmers are also suffering from a drought that is affecting the majority of the country.

13 Aug 2018 description

Millions of people are being put at risk as droughts across the world affect food production, and livestock this summer.

Australia is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, with the Red Cross launching an emergency appeal for farmers who have been hit hard in recent weeks. The extreme dry spell has seen rural communities lose cattle and crops, putting livelihoods in jeopardy.

02 Aug 2018 description

Les crises en Afghanistan, au Bangladesh, en Haïti et dans la région du Sahel parmi les plus sous-financées

30 Jul 2018 description

A drought-affected mother in Afghanistan

Maryam's story

After two years of failed rains, a desperate 19-year-old Maryam, her husband, their two children and her mother-in-law moved from Ghormach, in Badghis Province, north-west Afghanistan, to Herat City, some 200 km away. The family arrived with two blankets, which they sold to buy food.

30 Jul 2018 description

New UK aid package to provide emergency food supplies for 1.4 million people

A new UK aid package will contribute emergency food supplies for 1.4 million people in Afghanistan whose lives are at risk from a deadly drought, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced on 27 July.

The UK is one of the first countries to support the United Nations’ appeal. Our rapid response will help import and distribute food and nutrition supplies before the situation deteriorates further.

24 Jul 2018 description

On July 23rd, 2018, partners of the EU Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) funded Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) launched a regional response to meet the immediate needs of over 8,000 drought displaced households in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The response is expected to reach up to 10,000 unassisted drought displaced households before the end of July.

24 Jul 2018 description

Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of mortality among children under 5 years old in the world, with thousands of children dying every year. Malnutrition remains a major underlying cause behind child mortality and morbidity in many of Afghanistan's provinces. Almost half of all under-5 deaths are attributable to undernutrition, while more than 80% of neonatal deaths occur among newborn infants with low birth weights in the highest burden settings - strongly linked to very poor nutrition status of pregnant and lactating women.

23 Jul 2018 description


Ongoing conflict and natural disaster were the key drivers of humanitarian needs during the reporting period (01 April – 30 June 2018).

19 Jul 2018 description


  • Drought in 20 provinces across the country has significantly affected the health and nutrition situation of 4.2 million people. Health Cluster partners are scaling up their response.

  • The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) has been revised due to the drought situation. An additional $117 million has been requested from the HRP.

  • The deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country has led to the closure of health facilities in many districts and casualties among healthcare workers.

18 Jul 2018 description

Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan. This brings Australia’s total contribution to WFP’s operations in Afghanistan to AUD15 million in 2018.

18 Jul 2018 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support people affected by food shortage throughout Afghanistan.

The United Nations has revised its Humanitarian Response Plan to call for urgent funding to provide emergency food, nutrition and water to over 1.4 million people who will need these supplies over the coming months.

08 Jul 2018 description

NGOs call for comprehensive response to Drought in Afghanistan:

4th July 2018, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan remains one of the worst funded of the large crises around the world. Millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly due to conflict, rapid-onset natural disasters and situations of protracted displacement. So far this year only 29% of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is funded; but on top of the initial response plan, a drought is further escalating needs.

05 Jul 2018 description

When the rain stopped falling earlier in the year, many people like Ab. Karim from the province of Badghis knew that trouble was coming. In the north western province of Afghanistan, the reduced snowfall and scarce rains meant only one thing – Drought.

25 Jun 2018 description
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Kabul, 25 June 2018: The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) has allocated US$17 million to non-governmental organisations and UN agencies delivering life-saving aid to families affected by the drought that has gripped large parts of Afghanistan.

25 Jun 2018 description


  • Below average cereal output forecast for 2018 following dry weather conditions

  • Cereal import requirements in 2018/19 increasing

  • Wheat prices generally stable, inflation easing

  • High levels of food insecurity

Below average cereal output forecast in 2018 following dry weather conditions

19 Jun 2018 description

‘Trends in humanitarian funding: where are we now and what lies ahead’ at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

Conference Room 12, United Nations, New York, 08:30 a.m. 19 June 2018

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Excellencies, distinguished guests,

Having heard from Development Initiatives about funding trends through 2017, I am pleased to present the mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview Status Report.

19 Jun 2018 description

Kabul, 15 June 2018 – The lives of a million people are critically affected by drought in Afghanistan. Another 2 million people could be affected in the coming months.

Food insecurity and reduced access to safe water are beginning to take their toll in the 10 worst affected provinces. Currently, more than 20 000 people have already been displaced to the province of Herat in western Afghanistan from neighbouring provinces due to the drought.

05 Jun 2018 description


  • More than three decades of war, sustained flows of returnees, civil unrest, insurgent activity and recurring natural disasters have contributed to chronic humanitarian need in Afghanistan. As of early June, nearly 117,000 people are internally displaced due to conflict, more than 326,200 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran and Pakistan, and approximately 10,000 people have migrated due to drought in 2018, according to the UN.

05 Jun 2018 description
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An estimated 1.4 million Afghans need life-saving assistance in the coming months, due to severe drought caused by La Niña climate conditions. “Water wells have run dry, crops are lost, livestock is dying. Farmers are forced to leave their villages”, says Abdur Rauf, humanitarian program coordinator for Cordaid in Kabul.

30 May 2018 description

by Jared Ferrie | @jaredferrie | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 13:57 GMT

By Jared Ferrie

May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of Afghans face hunger after a drought decimated crops in the war-ravaged country, U.N. officials said on Tuesday, calling for an extra $115 million to help families buy food.

Two thirds of Afghanistan's 34 provinces have been hit by a lack of rain or snowfall since late last year, said a bulletin from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).