The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on 7th July 2022:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the food security crisis in Afghanistan and the prospect of famine.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: Afghanistan continues to face a serious and worsening humanitarian crisis. It is affecting just under half of the population, with 18.9 million facing acute food insecurity. This is now one of the world’s most severe food security crises. 92% of the population faces insufficient food consumption. People continue to turn to drastic measures to feed their families with nearly 60% of households resorting to crisis coping strategies. Over 6 million people have been internally displaced and millions of children are out of school. The combination of food and other household prices rising and the reduction in economic opportunities in Afghanistan will lead to a significant increase in poverty rates in Afghanistan. The recent earthquake in eastern Afghanistan on 22 June has exacerbated the situation.
On 11 January 2022, the UN launched an appeal for $4.4 billion for 2022, the largest humanitarian appeal on record, reflecting the magnitude of the humanitarian challenge ahead. The UK was at the forefront in responding to this. On 30 March, the Foreign Secretary announced the UK pledge of £286 million for 2022/2023, the second highest commitment to the Humanitarian Response Plan for Afghanistan to date. This commitment reflects the UK’s enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan.
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