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UN: Up to 10 million Afghans need food aid in fall

UN: Up to 10 million Afghans need food aid in fall

The United Nations says a drought in Afghanistan means up to 10 million people will need food aid this fall.
The World Food Program says an additional 2-3 million people will need assistance on top of some 7.3 million Afghans already considered "food insecure".
The increase comes as the agency is scaling back some of its aid operations because of funding shortages.
WFP's deputy director for Afghanistan, Bradley Guerrant, says the U.S. government alone has cut its funding for the country by more than two-thirds since 2009.
The United States remains WFP's biggest donor.
Guerrant told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that the budget shortfall means WFP will drop non-emergency programs including those encouraging girls to attend school.


Updated : 2021-03-03 06:53 GMT+08:00