CARE Restarts Afghanistan Humanitarian Response – Provides Seeds, Tools, Fertilizer Ahead of Lean Growing Season and Ongoing Food Crisis

In the last week, CARE has restarted its emergency humanitarian response, providing a small number of vulnerable displaced families with financial assistance to spend on key needs.

Similarly, CARE resumed some of its crucial food security and livelihoods support to small-scale farmers in several provinces - including, fertilizer, tools, seeds and trainings as part of a program to encourage women to develop home gardens and household level livelihoods options.

Victor Moses, CARE Afghanistan Country Director says: 

“We are pleased to be able to resume our programming and support to the people of Afghanistan. Recent developments have only served to increase humanitarian needs. As winter and the lean season approach, access to enough and good quality food is becoming increasingly urgent.  Millions of Afghans worry daily about how to feed their children or make a living and our CARE programs play a crucial role in meeting those huge needs. While our resumption of activities remains limited at the moment, it is a crucial step in continuing assistance to the people of Afghanistan and we are fully committed to increasing support in the coming weeks and months.”

CARE will also restart some of its urgently needed COVID response, health programming and nutritional work, helping women and their families plan and develop nutritionally balanced meals.

In Afghanistan, around 14 million people are currently going hungry, and these numbers are increasing, fueled by the recent instability, climate-related crises that have affected agricultural growing and harvest, and a still looming economic crisis.

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CARE has spokespeople available. For media inquiries, please contact:

Christina Kakaletris
media@care.ca

Notes to editors:

  • About 40% of Afghanistan’s crops were lost to drought this year, according to the WFP, and the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 has left essential food out of reach for many families.
  • The latest UN Humanitarian Response Flash Appeal for assistance for the rest of 2021 is currently less than 20% funded.

About CARE Canada:

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls in developing countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE stands with women and girls around the world in economic empowerment. We bring women, girls, and their communities together to challenge inequality while facing issues like food insecurity, climate change, and emergency relief in times of crisis or disaster. CARE works in 100 countries around the world.

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