Extreme cold hits farmers in Afghanistan

Extreme cold hits farmers in Afghanistan

29/02/2008

Livestock devastated - high fuel, cereal prices reduce poor’s access to food - Extreme cold has devastated the Afghan livestock sector, killing over 300 000 animals since late December and seriously affecting livelihoods. High prices for fuel, vegetable oil and cereals are compounding the vulnerability of poor households, reducing their access to food.

The harshest winter weather conditions in nearly 30 years have killed over 800 people, and many others, notably shepherds and their families, have suffered severe frostbite, requiring disabling amputation, according to a recent FAO report.