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Afghanistan Faces Increasing Hunger Among Children, Aims To Boost Food Security

News outlets examine hunger and food insecurity in Afghanistan.

New York Times: Afghanistan’s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis
“Afghan hospitals like Bost, in the capital of war-torn Helmand Province, have been registering significant increases in severe malnutrition among children. … Reasons for the increase remain uncertain, or in dispute. Most doctors and aid workers agree that continuing war and refugee displacement are contributing. Some believe that the growing number of child patients may be at least partly a good sign, as more poor Afghans are hearing about treatment available to them. What is clear is that, despite years of Western involvement and billions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, children’s health is not only still a problem, but also worsening, and the doctors bearing the brunt of the crisis are worried…” (Nordland, 1/4).

IRIN: Fighting food insecurity in Afghanistan
“A network of critical emergency grain reserves across Afghanistan is set to boost food security and help strengthen resilience in a country that struggles to grow enough food to feed its 31 million people. … The WFP-Afghan government project aims to construct depots in various locations that will eventually hold a total of 200,000 metric tons of food – enough to feed two million people for up to six months in times of emergency…” (1/3).