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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Afghanistan - Yemen

23 Sep 2021

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WFP has been supporting people in Afghanistan affected by flooding. © WFP Asia/Massoud Hossaini/Arete

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 23 September 2021

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, a recent survey by the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed increasing hunger due to job losses and soaring food prices.

According to the survey, of more than 1,600 households across the 34 provinces of Afghanistan between 21 August and 16 September, only 5 per cent of households in the country have enough to eat every day. Half of surveyed households reported they had run out of food altogether at least once in the past two weeks.

Breadwinners are finding work just one day a week, barely enough to afford food that is rapidly increasing in price. Cooking oil, for example, has almost doubled in price since 2020, and wheat prices are up by 28 per cent.

In addition, only 10 per cent of households headed by someone with a secondary or university education were able to buy sufficient food for their families every day.

WFP has provided food assistance to 6.4 million people this year, including more than 1.4 million people since the Taliban takeover on 15 August. WFP aims to reach 13.5 million people with food assistance by the end of the year. 

On 13 September, donors pledged more than US$1.2 billion for humanitarian and development aid to Afghanistan. To date, more than $121 million (20 per cent of the $606 million required through the end of the year) has been received.

The UN urges donors to disburse pledges so we can keep getting life-saving assistance, including food, medicines, health care and protection to people in need.

Yemen

OCHA reports that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is continuing to worsen. 

Fighting in various parts of the country – including in Shabwa and Ma’rib – is increasing displacement and civilian casualties. 

A third wave of COVID-19 threatens to crash the country’s health-care system. 

And the Yemeni currency is at record lows, wiping out people’s incomes and pushing food prices beyond their reach.

With the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan just over 50 per cent funded, aid agencies warn that critical life-saving programmes, including food assistance, water and sanitation, will be drastically reduced without additional funding. 

Yesterday, Sweden, Switzerland and the European Union co-hosted a high-level side event on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. More than 50 Member States participated, with statements made by 20 high-level participants, including several donors who announced increased support for the humanitarian response. 

Yesterday’s event represented a strong demonstration of solidarity with the people of Yemen. 

Each contribution helps the UN and its partners sustain the humanitarian lifeline that millions of Yemenis depend on.