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Afghanistan faces worsening food crisis amid conflict, droughts

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KABUL: Officials are warning that the country will slip into food crisis because of the conflict and droughts with millions of people in vulnerable areas at risks of food shortage.

Afghans are in dire straits facing food insecurity due to the conflict and droughts, and this situation calls for all-out measure to reduce poverty and reach out to populations grappling with food scarcity and hunger, said Minister of Agricultural, Irrigation and Livestock, Anwar ul-Haq Ahadi.

During a virtual United Nations Foods Systems Summit attended by 111 countries on Monday, Ahadi expressed concerns over the increasing level of poverty and food insecurity in the country because of the conflict and drought.

Ahadi said the Afghan government is committed to provide healthy food to people, calling on the international community to help Afghanistan in overcoming the food crisis.

Earlier, the international Oxfam organization in a report said that Afghanistan is the worst countries in terms of food security.

The report said, more than 13 million Afghans are facing food insecurity.

This comes Afghanistan has been pushed deeper into an already dire food security crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather events, ongoing conflict and high food prices, with many people are now facing acute hunger.

The intensification of violence across the country displaced many people from their residences and facing them with shortage of food, if the situation continues, there is possibility Afghanistan would face humanitarian crisis.

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