Recent shocks – particularly natural disasters, extreme weather, conflict, insecurity and animal disease – increased the prevalence of acute food insecurity in a number of provinces. In April and May Northern Afghanistan has suffered from torrential rains that led to landslides and flash flooding. The disaster-prone province of Badakhshan has been most affected. The events have caused widespread damage to agriculture, infrastructure, houses and public buildings.
In May 2014, average wheat price in main cities of Afghanistan continued to be significantly higher in comparison to the same time last year (+16.8% compared to May 2013) and in comparison to the last 5-year average price of the same months (+36.3% compared to May 2009 – 2013).