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WFP Afghanistan Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

In October, WFP assisted more than 1.8 million food-insecure people across Afghanistan.

WFP delivered 9,192 mt of food and disbursed US$5.5 million in cash-based transfers.

WFP is facing a net funding shortfall of US$126.14 million for the next six months (November 2020 – April 2021).

Operational Updates

• In October, WFP reached 1,803,387 food-insecure girls, boys, women and men in 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

• WFP provided 652,603 people struck by the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 with a total of US$4.6 million in cash-based transfers (CBT).

• Under its emergency response activities, WFP further assisted 367,878 seasonally food insecure people, 69,993 refugees from Pakistan, 52,465 internally displaced people (IDPs), 10,542 returnees from Iran and Pakistan and 3,416 people struck by natural disasters with in-kind food rations or through CBT.

• As part of general food distributions, WFP distributed 87 mt of specialized nutritious foods to prevent the malnutrition of 18,847 children aged 6-59 months and 4,178 pregnant and lactating women.

• As part of its nutrition programme, WFP distributed 688 mt of specialized nutritious foods for 159,752 children aged 6-59 months and 62,706 pregnant and lactating women.

• WFP dispatched 164 mt of high energy biscuits for 241,369 primary school students. As schools remained closed due to COVID-19, WFP provided the high energy biscuits as monthly take-home rations.

• Among them, WFP distributed 139 mt of vegetable oil to the 138,531 girl students at primary schools and US$66,934 to 11,574 girl students at secondary schools to maintain their enrolment.

• WFP disbursed US$760,610 and distributed 1,429 mt of food to 148,064 participants of ongoing asset creation activities, benefitting more than 1 million food-insecure family members.

• New asset creation projects included the start of the construction of a 143 m long check dam, the rehabilitation of 8 traditional irrigation systems and of an irrigation canal of 8 km length in Uruzgan Province. More than 950 participants selected from vulnerable families will receive CBT to cover their families’ food needs for six months.