CARE began working in Afghanistan in 1961, and we have achieved high levels of acceptance and respect for our work within local communities over many years.
This report shares highlights of our accomplishments over the last year (August 2021-July 2022).
After enduring decades of conflict, Afghanistan remains a fragile state. In addition to insecurity, the country has recently struggled to cope with a devastating drought, widespread food insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic. The last year has been particularly challenging. Since the August 2021 political transition, Afghanistan has experienced a crippling economic decline, rising poverty, reduced employment opportunities, commodity price spikes and ruptures in essential services. Although Afghanistan has largely fallen out of the headlines in the U.S. media in recent months, the country’s humanitarian situation is growing significantly worse.
According to the Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview, 24.4 million people are estimated to be in need, while 19.7 million people are facing crisis levels of food insecurity (Phase 3 and above) between June and November 2022. Making matters worse, Afghanistan experienced multiple natural disasters in the first six months of 2022, including harsh winter conditions, two high-magnitude earthquakes and heavy flash floods.
 Based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which analyzes food insecurity and acute malnutrition situations to inform emergency response and longer-term policy and programming. In IPC Phase 3 (Crisis), households either have food consumption gaps that result in high or above-normal acute malnutrition, or they can only meet their minimum food needs by depleting their assets or using other negative coping strategies.
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