Afghanistan: Acute Food Insecurity Situation August-November 2017
01.08.2017 > 30.11.2017


& next steps


The IPC current post harvest analysis shows a slight improvement in the food security situation in the country compared to the pre-harvest IPC acute analysis of 2016. 

  • Out of 34 provinces, 11 are classified in IPC Phase 2 (Stressed), other 22 were classified in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and only one province, Badghis, is classified in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency)
  • Out of 22 provinces classified in IPC Phase 3 (Emergency), provinces with higher number of people in Phase 4 are: Badghis (25%), Faryab (16%), Khost (15%), Bamyan (14%), Ghor (12%) and Kandahar (11%).

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

Conflicts, natural disasters, huge influx of returnees and in some areas IDPs, unsustainable livelihoods, poor infrastructure, 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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