KABUL, Oct. 27 – The head of the World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan, Mary Allen, met this morning with the Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Alhaj Mullah Mohammad Yunus Akhundzada.
The Minister thanked the World Food Program (WFP) for providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan in the current situation. He assured that the Islamic Emirate would fully cooperate with all aid agencies and provide necessary assistance. “Three years ago, when most of Afghanistan was hit by a severe drought, we had a fruitful meeting with the World Food Program (WFP) in Doha, which resulted in WFP assistance to the drought-stricken people,” he said. People are facing the same problems now.
The head of the World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan, Mary Allen, thanked the officials of the Islamic Emirate for assuring them of their cooperation and pledging their support in the implementation of food-related projects adding that the United Nations had asked the international community for 600 million to help Afghanistan survive the crisis of food and basic necessities through humanitarian aid.
Fortunately, the international community announced 1200 million in aid to Afghanistan. Of the 200 million earmarked for the World Food Program (WFP) this year, 100 million has been received so far and our efforts to get more are ongoing, Ms. Allen added.
In addition to increasing her assistance over the years, Ms. Allen sought information on a number of issues in light of the Islamic Emirate’s policies, which she was briefed on by the Acting Minister. He also reminded the leadership of the organization about the procurement of food items that Food should be purchased in Afghanistan instead of being imported, and if not available, it should be imported into Afghanistan by Afghan traders, which would be a great help to the Afghan economy, Afghan farmers and other artisans will be encouraged.
In the end, the ministry and the WFP leadership agreed to coordinate and co-operate in providing assistance to the people of Afghanistan so that aid can be delivered to the deserving people in a timely manner.