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Food security snapshot in Afghanistan

Published May 30, 2024

Tridge summary

The article provides an overview of Pakistan's agricultural season from 2023 to 2024, focusing on wheat, maize, and rice production amidst various weather challenges and economic contexts. It details the planting and harvesting schedules for winter and spring wheat, as well as the starting of maize and rice planting, highlighting the impact of rainfall patterns on crop conditions and yields. Despite facing water deficits in certain regions and experiencing flooding elsewhere, the total wheat production is projected to be near-average or slightly above the previous year, though rice production is expected to be below-average due to water scarcity. Pakistan's cereal import needs are anticipated to increase due to insufficient milling capacity, against a backdrop of declining wheat flour prices. The article also addresses the critical issue of food insecurity in the country, which affects over 12.4 million people, though numbers have slightly decreased from the previous year thanks to humanitarian aid, increased production, and lower food prices. The return of over half a million refugees from neighboring countries to Afghanistan further escalates the requirements for humanitarian assistance.
Disclaimer: The above summary was generated by Tridge's proprietary AI model for informational purposes.

Original content

Planting of the 2024 winter wheat crop, accounting for the bulk of annual production, finalized in November 2023 and harvesting started in early May 2024. Poor cumulative precipitation amounts (about 50 percent below the long-term average) from October 2023 to January 2024 reduced soil moisture levels across most crop land, resulting in below-average sowings and affected crop establishment in rainfed areas. Insufficient snow cover (necessary to protect the crops from the cold weather) caused localized winterkill in some northern areas. From February to May 2024, precipitation amounts were average to above average benefitting crops that emerged from dormancy in early March. Abundant rains caused flooding and affected crops in localized areas, resulting in livestock losses and damage to housing and irrigation infrastructure. However, water deficits persisted in the northwest of the country and in some provinces in the southeast, with remote sensing data, as of mid-April 2024, just ...
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