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Afghan Population Experiences Sharp Rise In Food Insecurity Over Past Year, U.N. Report Notes

News outlets discuss findings from the 2015 Seasonal Food Security Assessment for Afghanistan.

International Business Times: Afghanistan: U.N. Records Rise In Severe Food Insecurity, Calls For Emergency Livelihood Support
“A two-fold rise in food insecurity in Afghanistan over the past year has forced millions to resort to what the United Nations termed ‘asset depleting strategies,’ such as selling their land. This translates into a serious setback for a majority of the population that depends on farming for subsistence…” (Pandey, 9/11).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and partners report ‘extremely alarming’ food insecurity figures in Afghanistan
“…The 2015 Seasonal Food Security Assessment in Afghanistan (SFSA), published by the country’s Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC), found that at the peak of the lean season the number of Afghans facing severe food insecurity increased from 4.7 percent of the population 12 months ago to 5.9 percent today…” (9/10).

VOA News: U.N. Report Notes Sharp Rise in Afghan Food Insecurity
“…The report also found that households headed by women were almost 50 percent more likely to be severely food insecure than others in Afghanistan. Women who led their households were also twice as likely to use emergency coping strategies, such as begging. The aid agencies appealed for increased financial aid to try to stem the crisis” (9/10).