Half Of Afghanistan’s Population Faces Acute Food Insecurity. Here’s Why.

Half Of Afghanistan’s Population Faces Acute Food Insecurity. Here’s Why.
Half Of Afghanistan’s Population Faces Acute Food Insecurity. Here’s Why.

Half Of Afghanistan’s Population Faces Acute Food Insecurity. Here’s Why.

Afghanistan is facing its worst drought in decades, but that’s not the only reason it is on the verge of a hunger crisis. After the Taliban took over, much of the country’s international development aid was suspended, and the United States froze $9.5 billion in Afghan government assets. The economy has plummeted.

Richard Trenchard, country director for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Afghanistan, explains what he’s heard from farmers and herders.

PBS NewsHour special correspondent Jane Ferguson recently returned from a reporting trip in the country, where she saw hospital wards filling up with malnourished babies and toddlers.

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