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$1.1 Billion needed to provide food in Afghanistan

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Kabul: The World Food Program said it plans to provide more than 15 million people with food assistance each month until March 2023. 

A spokesperson for the WFP Afghanistan, Wahidullah Amani, said that the organization needs more than $1 billion to fulfill this.  

“To provide assistance to 15 million each month until March 2023 and to pre-position 150 metric tons of food in the rural areas before the paths are closed, we need $1.1 billion,” he said.

The WFP earlier warned that more than 24 million Afghans are relying on humanitarian assistance. 

The Ministry of Economy said that it has made plans to alleviate economic challenges in the country. 

“There is a serious intention to root out poverty and to launch economic projects and to incentivize Afghan agriculture so Afghanistan will reach self-sufficiency,” said Abdul Lati Nazari, Deputy Minister of Economy.

Meanwhile, in its new report published yesterday, the United Nations has said that the Afghan economy has suffered losses after political shift in the country, and that between 95 and 97 percent of the country’s population lives below the poverty line.

France-Press news agency quoted Kanni Wignaraja, head of the United Nations Development Program for Asia and the Pacific, as saying that Afghanistan’s gross domestic product has suffered a loss of about five billion dollars in one year.

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