Agriculture for Nutrition in Afghanistan Stakeholder Consultation
For centuries agriculture has been the mainstay of the Afghan society. While wheat is the principal food crop, fruits and nuts and livestock products such as wool have played a large part in subsistence, in local marketed production, and in exports.
The national rate of child malnutrition has reduced from a national level of more than 60% stunting recorded in 2003/04 (NRVA Data – National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment data published by Central Statistics Organisation, Afghanistan) to about 40% in 2011/12 (NRVA data), but high levels of hunger and micronutrient deficiencies persist.
Much attention is given in humanitarian work to therapeutic approaches to improving the nutrition of vulnerable groups, but the contribution of agricultural development and the food system to improving rural and urban diets also needs to be increased.