Drought affected almost 6.2 million rural population in Afghanistan as per the recent Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted by food security cluster Afghanistan.
Out of 6.2 million rural population, 3.9 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. FSAC is targeting 3.9 million people in 22 worst affected provinces.
Till to date FSAC partners managed to reach 1,462,202 people. In addition, FAO provided vaccination (PPR) to 5 million animals and (FMD) to 375,104 animals.
FSAC will continue to provide same response in early 2019 as drought impact is still very much visible. A considerable drought-driven migration is recorded in the country, almost 250,000 people are displaced in Afghanistan.
Prediction for the upcoming wet season is quite encouraging. There is 65-70% likelihood of El Niño conditions from October 2018 to May 2019. During this period, there is a strong possibility of average to above-average precipitation and average to above average temperature throughout Afghanistan. This means conditions should be favorable for rain-fed winter wheat production.