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Climate, Peace and Security Fact Sheet: Afghanistan (2022)

FS 22 Cover
Publisher: SIPRI
SIPRI, Stockholm :
February, 2022

Afghanistan is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change: rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and increasingly frequent extreme weather events. Currently, Afghanistan is experiencing its worst drought in 27 years, which, compounded with COVID-19 and the economic contraction that followed the takeover of the government by the Taliban in August 2021, has significantly increased livelihood and food insecurity and contributed to a growing humanitarian emergency.  


Dr Jiayi Zhou is a Researcher in the SIPRI Conflict, Peace and Security Programme.
Katongo Seyuba is a Research Assistant in the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Kheira Tarif is a Researcher in the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme.
Asha Ali is a Junior Research Fellow in NUPI’s Climate, Peace and Security Risks Project.