Afghanistan: Funding urgently needed as prolonged drought threatens 1M food insecure people

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A drought is bringing yet more suffering to 1 million already food insecure people across two thirds of the country. Some 13 million people are now food insecure, 8 million of whom are severely food insecure. But based on available resources, the humanitarian community can only support 90,000 people (less than 10 per cent of the dry spell-affected population) for just two months.

La Niña has had a devastating effect on this year’s planting season, with a rain, snow and sleet deficit of 70 per cent prevailing across most of the country. With last year’s wheat production already reported to be 57 per cent below the five-year average, the 2018 harvest is forecast to be even lower: down from 4.2 million metric tons to 3.5 million metric tons.

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