Food, job insecurity now major considerations in Afghanistan: UN

Food and job insecurity are the prime causes of concern for families in Afghanistan, Anthea Webb, deputy regional director for the World Food Program (WFP), instructed a UN press briefing. With winter setting in and the financial system on the verge of collapsing, their worries are additionally rising, she stated through a convention name on Friday.

Quoting from the latest survey of the World Food Program, the deputy regional director said that 93 per cent of households in Afghanistan have no sufficient access to food now, according to reports. "They are buying cheaper food, foregoing more nutritious options such as meat, dairy products and vegetables. Parents are skipping meals entirely to allow their children to eat," Webb said.

The randomised phone survey, carried out from August 21 to September 5 in all provinces in the country, revealed that three in four Afghan families have been reducing portions or borrowing food.

Anthea Webb said that food insecurity in Afghanistan had already been widespread before August 15, with 81 percent of households reporting insufficient food consumption, with one in three Afghans signalling acute food insecurity.

She told reporters that the main reason the situation had gotten so much worse over the past month was that many Afghans did not have access to the money they needed to buy enough food.

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