The CFS is the United Nations' forum for reviewing policies concerning world food. It is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition.
15 April 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it urgently needs $257 million to continue providing food and assistance to over 7 million vulnerable Afghans, most of whom are women and children.
20 October 2010 – Millions of Afghan children will be protected against malnutrition, retarded growth and development and poor learning ability under a United Nations-backed de-worming campaign launched in schools across the country today.
The Education and Health Ministries, supported by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), plan to reach every school-going child with a single 500 milligramme tablet of Mebendazole, consumed simply by chewing or swallowing with a glass of water.
The tablets will be administered through Education Ministry outreach workers and complemented by health and hygiene education programmes in schools.
5 August 2010 – The United Nations health agency said today that it has begun sending medical supplies to aid thousands of people affected by recent flooding across Afghanistan, where the major health concerns right now are water contamination and the spread of waterborne diseases.
“WHO is supporting the Government response to the health needs of people affected by flooding through distributing emergency medical assistance in the provinces that have been worst affected by the ongoing floods, ensuring that the urgent health needs of the Afghan people are met,” said Peter Graaff, the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Afghanistan.
“As flooding continues, WHO stands prepared to immediately respond to the worsening health crisis,” he added.
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Joint UN system response:
Two Joint Emergency Appeals were made during 2008; the first in January 2008 which was fully funded. The second was in July 2008, to cover the period August 2008 to July 2009. In January 2009, the appeal was folded into the Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP). The second appeal was also largely covered and the HAP is currently about 66.4% funded (UNOCHA).Rapid appraisal (under EC) was conducted in October 2008
Continued Support potential by HLTF members sorted by CFA outcomes
Further commitments/pledges/investment from international community
75 per cent of the Government’s budget is from external aid, over which the Government has no control, but is rather disbursed by donors. This inevitably affects the Government’s decision-making power over how resources are used. This has formed part of the critique around the Government’s agricultural policy, considered by some to be donor driven, resulting in an incoherent policy and dominated by an agribusiness approach which risks being to the detriment of small farmers
26 April 2010 – A senior United Nations official today called for greater efforts to assist Afghans, who remain extremely vulnerable to a wide range of health challenges associated with natural disasters, conflict and the lack of coverage of health services.
“Much has been achieved in recent years to expand health care in many parts of the country, but we still see today that many Afghans remain extremely vulnerable to a wide range of humanitarian emergencies, and more needs to be done to protect them,” Dr. Eric Laroche, the Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises of the World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference in the capital, Kabul.
20 April 2010 – The United Nations humanitarian wing is coordinating emergency aid and assessing the damage in northern Afghanistan following a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that reportedly killed at least seven people and injured dozens of others.
The quake hit the mountainous Samangan province, northwest of the capital, Kabul, on Monday.
Aid workers are on the scene trying to assess the extent of the casualties and the destruction in the districts of Dara-i-Sufi Bala, Dara-i-Sufi Payin and Ruyi du Ab, but some access had been blocked due to the damage.
An estimated 2,000 houses are damaged or destroyed, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Livestock and goods were also lost.
Press Release No:2010/290/SAR
WASHINGTON, March 09, 2010 ? The World Bank today approved a $30 million IDA grant to support a new initiative by the Government of Afghanistan designed to boost employment and incomes for people living in rural areas of the country.
The Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Project (AREDP) will enhance participation of the rural poor in economic activities by providing business development services, improving their access to finance, and strengthening market linkages and value chains.