Faced with the humanitarian disaster that befalls Afghanistan after the Taliban seizure of power, the UN called on Saturday to come to the aid of the country which is facing another crisis, drought, threatening 7 million people.
In a statement, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) called on global donors to come to the aid of Afghanistan, especially farmers in the country whose lands are threatened by the drought.
In the event of an acute drought that would have an impact on harvests, 7 million people will be plunged into food insecurity, when the Taliban, who returned to power in mid-August, will not hesitate to steal the crops from farmers, as when they were in power in the country 20 years ago.
The UN warns by informing that already 1 Afghan in 3 is currently in a situation of acute food insecurity, a total of 14 million people. But animals are too, because of the drought. Three million animals are threatened.
The drought, the Covid-19 pandemic and the displacement of populations caused by the offensive of the Taliban, who took control of the country, “have hit the rural communities of Afghanistan hard, in particular its farmers and herders”, FAO said.
“If we do not provide assistance to the people most affected by the severe drought, many of them will have to abandon their farms and be displaced,” warned FAO Director General Qu Dongyu.
And to warn about the consequences of new displacements for the inhabitants. “This risks worsening food insecurity and further threatens the stability of Afghanistan,” he added.
To help the country and Afghan farmers, the UN is calling on donors to help purchase wheat seeds before seeds are scheduled for September. The FAO is asking for $ 18 million, which will be used to feed 250,000 farmers and their families, or 1.5 million people.
The FAO also indicates that forecasts in the country expect a harvest of 20% lower than 2020 because of the drought.