FAO To Assist Food Insecure People In Afghanistan

Kabul: At least 245,000 marginal and food insecure people will be reached in 33 districts across 11 provinces of Afghanistan through the additional USD4.8 million provided by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which is supporting FAO in its efforts to anticipate the negative effects on livestock production induced by the current La Niña weather event.

“FAO has the technical expertise and ability to timely deliver this critical assistance to the most vulnerable in rural and remote areas of Afghanistan,” said Ramiz Alakbarov, Humanitarian and UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan.

“CERF funding has been key to cover large under-funded gaps in the beginning and throughout the whole pandemic, and it played a catalytical role to attract and enable further funding,” said Rajendra Aryal, FAO Representative in Afghanistan.

Herders and livestock owners will be provided with emergency livestock protection and cash assistance in order to safeguard their livelihoods and food and nutrition security. FAO estimates that 1,225,000 people may indirectly benefit from this intervention.

This new intervention complements other FAO ongoing operations across the country to mitigate the impact of La Niña. These efforts aim to build the necessary near-term resilience to withstand the upcoming impacts, which are expected to hit hard during the lean season, as of September-October.

The complex and recurrent weather event La Niña has caused eight out of the eleven previous droughts in Afghanistan.
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