Enduring poverty and conflict, among other factors, have greatly reduced the ability of the Government and people of Afghanistan to prevent, mitigate and respond to predictable and unpredictable disasters. This reality means that almost 8 million Afghans will probably need food assistance in the immediate future. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to crises and, as such, are a particular focus of Canada’s humanitarian assistance initiatives.
Canada is focusing its assistance on saving lives, alleviating suffering and maintaining human dignity in the aftermath of man-made crises and natural disasters, and strengthening the preparedness of the Afghan people to respond to these situations. We will also strengthen our partnerships with key Afghan humanitarian agencies such as the Afghan Red Crescent Society that are able to deliver life-saving assistance and that can support communities in need.
To support these objectives, Canada will fund key humanitarian agencies, including United Nations agencies such as the World Food Programme and UNICEF, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, to ensure timely assistance for vulnerable populations affected by conflict and natural disasters.