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WFP Afghanistan Country Brief, March 2020

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In Numbers

  • In March, WFP assisted more than 1.1 million people in need with 13,184 mt of food and cash.

  • WFP disbursed more than US$375,000 in cash transfers to cover families’ food needs.

  • US$43 million is the net funding shortfall for the next six months (April – September 2020).

Operational Updates

• In March, WFP reached more than 1.16 million food-insecure girls, boys, women and men across 30 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

• WFP’s emergency response activities included food assistance and cash-based transfers for 959,665 people. This included seasonal support for 871,003 highly vulnerable people in 19 provinces to get through the final months of winter and assistance to 23,856 people displaced by conflict in 16 provinces.

• WFP provided 7,371 returnees from Iran and Pakistan and 36,491 refugees from Pakistan with food assistance. In addition, WFP assisted 3,017 people affected by flooding with in-kind food assistance and disbursed US$150,647 in cash transfers to 2,561 families in Kabul and Kunduz provinces under its social safety nets initiative.

• WFP, in partnership with health centres and partners, distributed 378 mt of specialized nutritious foods for 63,518 children aged 6-59 months and 26,852 pregnant and lactating women (PLW). WFP also provided 16 mt of specialized nutritious foods for more than 2,000 malnourished children and PLW.

• Under the school feeding programme, WFP provided 45,029 primary school students with high energy biscuits each day at school. Further, 16,587 girls were provided with fortified vegetable oil to take home, to encourage school attendance and reduce gender disparity.

• As part of its work at the humanitarian-developmentpeace nexus, WFP assisted 33,341 food-insecure participants of asset creation activities or vocational skills training and their families.

• The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) transported 1,027 passengers from 82 different agencies and organizations to 19 locations in Afghanistan.