Agriculture the ‘backbone’ of Afghan economy: FAO says amid severe drought

27 November 2018

People are “used to the suffering we see in Afghanistan,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director of Emergency and Rehabilitation, Dominique Burgeon says, and the country needs urgent support to combat a major crisis in the face of drought and conflict.

Close to half of the country’s rural population is severely food insecure, while people reliant on agriculture for income are unable to meet their needs due to poor harvests.

Mr. Burgeon said in the coming winter months, the situation is going to deteriorate. He shared his impressions from a recent mission to the city of Herat, with FAO’s Charlotta Lomas.

Audio Credit:
FAO, Charlotta Lomas
Audio Duration:
8'37"

 

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