WFP Receives €50 Million From EU to Support Afghan People

The European Union (EU) has contributed a total of EUR 50 million to the World Food Program (WFP), helping it to provide the people of Afghanistan with livelihoods and resilience support, the WFP said in a statement.

Experienced a year of unprecedented economic hardship and environmental disaster, according to the Program, the people of Afghanistan are less prepared than ever to face another harsh winter.

A staggering 9 in 10 households cannot meet their food needs, with those headed by women particularly vulnerable, according to the latest WFP assessment.

“People who previously were able to put food on the table are now struggling and turning to humanitarian agencies to help steady them in this new reality. We are committed to helping the Afghan population, especially the most vulnerable. Our investment in WFP’s resilience programming is an investment that will have long-lasting, positive effects for local communities,” the statement quoted EU Chargée d’affaires to Afghanistan, Raffaella Lodice, as saying.

The WFP Afghanistan Country Director, Mary-Ellen McGroarty, has said that Afghan people need support in building productive livelihoods more than ever.

“It allows WFP to continue our long-term livelihood and resilience work to help families be better prepared for and withstand environmental and man-made shocks,” she said about the EU’s contribution.

According to the WFP, the EU funding has contributed to planting 1.4 million trees, construction and rehabilitation of 720 km of canal, and building of 11 km of flood protection walls between January and July this year.