In the last week we have restarted our emergency humanitarian response in Afghanistan, where around 14 million people are currently going hungry. These numbers are increasing, fuelled by the recent instability and climate-related crises that have affected agricultural growing and harvest as well as the looming economic crisis.
Victor Moses, CARE Afghanistan Country Director says:
We are pleased to be able to resume our programming and support to the people of Afghanistan. Recent developments have only served to increase humanitarian needs. As winter and the lean season approach, access to enough and good quality food is becoming increasingly urgent. Millions of Afghans worry daily about how to feed their children or make a living and our CARE programmes play a crucial role in meeting those huge needs. While our resumption of activities remains limited at the moment, it is a crucial step in continuing assistance to the people of Afghanistan and we are fully committed to increasing support in the coming weeks and months."
Our crucial food security and livelihoods support to small-scale farmers has started up again in several provinces. This includes providing fertilizer, tools, seeds and trainings as part of a programme to encourage women to develop home gardens and household level livelihoods options. We have also been able to provide vulnerable displaced families with financial assistance to spend on key needs.
CARE will also restart some of its urgently needed COVID response, health programming and nutritional work, helping women and their families plan and develop nutritionally balanced meals.