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U-N: Six Million Afghans Need Food Aid - 2002-08-17


The United Nations says millions of Afghans have no way to get food.

A report by the U-N Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program says six million Afghans will need emergency food assistance in 2003.

The relief agencies say Afghans need the aid because many have lost any way to earn money to buy food -- or they have lost their land. The report released Friday, says the problem is compounded by successive years of drought, deteriorating infrastructure, political upheaval and a lack of employment across Afghanistan.

The U-N agencies are also calling for sustained investment in Afghanistan's agricultural sector to rehabilitate and upgrade the country's irrigation system.

The relief agencies say cereal production in Afghanistan did go up this year, but that this coincided with a serious locust outbreak in some parts of the country.

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