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Title: Food security and COVID-19 in Afghanistan: a two-sided battlefront
Authors: Ahmadi, Attaullah
Gandour, Georges
Ghaffari, Hujjatullah
Sati, Heba
Mrad, Anthony Abou
Semaan, Serena
Elhadi, Yasir Ahmed Mohammed
Mousavi, Sayed Hamid
Arif, Shamim
Madadi, Shekiba
Lucero-Prisno, Don Eliseo
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Faculty of Medicine 
Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Afghanistan
Food security
Issue Date: 2021
Part of: Tropical Medicine and Health
Volume: 49
Issue: 77
Food security is a major element for the sustainability, stability and development of a country. However, despite fundamental efforts in fighting poverty, Afghanistan continues to struggle with food insecurity with a large proportion of its population living below the poverty line. With extreme climates, protracted conflict, and now COVID-19, food insecurity has become rampant and is on the rise in the country. Efforts have been reinforced to mitigate this issue, but a spate of obstacles which seems not to come to an end, has contributed to the deterioration of the situation. With the collaboration and efforts of international organizations, there remains a glimmer of hope to potentially reduce the gravity of the food insecurity in the country. This paper aims to highlight the efforts of Afghanistan in alleviating food insecurity with a focus on the impact of COVID-19 on this issue. It also presents recommendations that may help ameliorate the country's food security status during and after the pandemic.
ISSN: 1348-8945
DOI: 10.1186/s41182-021-00370-8
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
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