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60% of children in Afghanistan to face malnutrition

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60% of children in Afghanistan to face malnutrition

food insecurityAccording to the World Food Program (WFP) statistics, over 842 million individuals are said to lack adequate food around the world.

In Afghanistan alone, 60% of kids are reported to face malnutrition.

“The WFP works with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and other partners to treat moderate acute malnutrition and prevent severe acute malnutrition in young children,” Tolo News quotes Claude Jibidar, WFP Country Director for Afghanistan. “We also provide specialized nutritious food to malnourished mothers and pregnant women.”

The World Food Day was observed today, 16 October 2013.

Food and nutrition shortage is one of the insecurities that Afghanistan is facing.

In September of this year, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a USD 3.3mn contract agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to provide technical support to the Irrigation Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), in an effort to tackle root causes of food insecurity through JICA’s Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening (CDIS) project for the agriculture sector.

An Overview of Afghanistan’s Food Security by WFP: The current average price of wheat in main cities of Afghanistan is significantly higher by 14.5% in comparison to the same time last year (July 2012), while slightly higher (by 2.9%) than the last 5-year average price of the same months.

Average wheat flour retail price in main urban cities of Afghanistan slightly increased in July 2013. The current wheat flour average price is significantly higher by 18.6% and 11.8% compared the same month last year (July 2012) and the last 5-year average price of the same months, respectively.

Rice is considered as the 2nd main staple food in Afghanistan. The current average retail price of Rice (Low Quality) is significantly higher by 23% compared to the same month last year (July 2012) and by 30% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months. The current average price of high quality Rice is also higher by 28% compared to the same month last year (July 2012), and by 35% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months.



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