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Afghanistan: Acute Food Insecurity Situation August-November 2017

01/08/2017 - 30/11/2017

IPC current post harvest analysis show slightly better food security situation than pre-harvest IPC acute analysis of 2016.

  • Out of 34 provinces 11 are classified in phase-2, other 22 were classified in phase-3 and only one province Badghis is classified in phase-4. 
  • Out of 22 provinces classified in phase-3, provinces with higher number of proportions in phase- 4 are: Badghis (25%), Faryab (16%), Khost (15%), Bamyan (14%), Ghor (12%) and Kandahar (11%). 
  • Kabul, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Kandahar, Badakshan, Hirat, Faryab and Badghis provinces have the highest population in Phase-3 or above, respectively. For Kabul and Hirat which are not classified in Phase-3 or higher, it is due to high number of population residing in these provinces.

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), communities hosting returnees, returnees, refugees, households headed by female, relying on labour income, landless are most vulnerable and worst affected by food insecurity. Food security assessment by OCHA and food security and agriculture cluster show high level of food insecurity in these group crossing emergency thresholds. 


Conflicts, natural disasters, huge influx of returnees and in some areas IDPs, unsustainable livelihoods, poor infrastructures, reduced employment and income which affects household purchasing power, lack of access and poor utilization of food and under development as a whole are the major drivers of food insecurity in Afghanistan.


Limited resilience to conflicts and shocks are major consequences that further aggravate the food insecurity situation. Asset depletion is on the rise resulting in high concentration of people in phase 2 and 3. This is a dangerous sign which can enhance migration and food insecurity so more attention is required to protect and rehabilitate the livelihoods of affected people.


In some areas, chronic food insecurity is also crossing or about to cross emergency thresholds of food insecurity. 


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Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD