Going The Extra Mile: Challenges Of Food Delivery In Afghanistan
Published on 23 December 2013

A man receives WFP’s food assistance in Tulak district of Ghor province.
Photo: WFP/ Allawoddin Jalali

Harsh climate, bad road conditions and tribal disputes are just some of the challenges WFP faces in reaching people in need of food assistance in western Ghor province.

“Without food from WFP it would be very difficult for me and my family to get through the winter months,” says Ahmad, an elderly father in Tulak district of Ghor province. “People in this district are very poor; there are no jobs. Young men have to leave their villages to work in other provinces or abroad to support their families,” says Ahmad. WFP distributes food in these areas to help people to get by, and also to prevent further displacement.

But it’s not just the poverty or the harsh winter weather that make living here a challenge: Ghor is one of the most insecure provinces in western Afghanistan. In order to ensure that food can be delivered and is distributed fairly, extensive preparation work takes place. Teams conducted several preliminary missions to the area, and met with government officials, community leaders, tribal elders and other stakeholders. In some districts, food was not allowed to go through to the most vulnerable due to local disputes between communities. WFP has to negotiate with parties in conflict to ensure that it can fulfill its humanitarian objectives.


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Wahidullah Amani

National Communications Officer

Wahidullah Amani, a former journalist, has been with WFP since 2012. He now works as the National Communications Officer for WFP Afghanistan based in Kabul.