WFP Afghanistan Country Brief, March 2018

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2018

In Numbers

54,063 people displaced by conflict since 1 January 2018

5,500mt of food assistance and US$119,000 cash based transfers distributed

US$20.9 m six months (Apr-Sept 2018) net funding requirements, representing 34% of total

Operational Updates

  • The Government of Pakistan has permitted over 2.3 million Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan to stay there until 30 June, further delaying an increase in returns and postponing the pressure of the humanitarian system in Afghanistan.

  • However, low average rainfall, low snow accumulation and dry soil continue to threaten staple crop production and livestock according to the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) food security outlook for February to September 2018. The evolving drought situation exacerbates underlying challenges to food security from conflict and weak labour markets. WFP is preparing for a possible drought response to up to 1 million people.

  • Conflict has displaced over 54,000 people this year (as of 1 April). This is higher than in same period from 2017. WFP continues to assist vulnerable displaced families where they settle across the country by using cash-based transfers and food assistance alongside SCOPE, its corporate beneficiary management platform.

  • 635,000 vulnerable people have registered with SCOPE in Afghanistan, improving WFP’s capacity to monitor and manage assistance in a way that is more transparent and guards against duplication.

  • Resilience building and disaster risk reduction activities restarted this month after a break through the winter. The development-oriented food for assets (FFA) programme builds upon WFP’s humanitarian response to provide more sustainable solutions to food insecurity.
    Assets under creation include roads, irrigation canals, kitchen gardens and flood defences.

  • The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) transported 1,489 aid workers and 7.2mt of light cargo. In Afghanistan, 160 organizations rely on UNHAS to reach populations in need.