FAO and the World Bank step up their response to the worsening food security

A farmer exhibits his wheat area planted with licensed seeds distributed by FAO, Nawi Deh village, Daman district, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

13/06/2022 Rome

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed an unprecedented $150 million contribution from the World Bank to present important livelihood and life-saving help to the most susceptible rural populations in Afghanistan, whereas boosting native food manufacturing and smallholder resilience.

Some 19.7 million folks, nearly half of Afghanistan’s inhabitants, are going through acute starvation that means they’re unable to feed themselves each day, in accordance to the newest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) evaluation launched in May 2022 by Food Security and Agriculture Cluster companions, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and many non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

High ranges of acute food insecurity persist throughout Afghanistan due to a mixture of a collapsing economic system and persevering with drought. The ripple results from the conflict in Ukraine are exacerbating the food security scenario, pushing food costs to new highs, rising the prices of important agricultural inputs, particularly fertilizer, and putting stress on nations in the area supplying wheat to Afghanistan to prohibit food exports, giving precedence to their respective home consumption.

The new Afghanistan Emergency Food Security Project will increase the manufacturing of food crops for smallholder Afghan farmers and forestall the additional deterioration of food security.

This is the first tranch of a complete quantity of $195 million, one other $45 million might be launched inside the subsequent 24 months.

“We are grateful to the World Bank and its Members for the beneficiant and well timed contribution”, mentioned FAO Director-General QU Dongyu . “It is a historic second for poor farmers in Afghanistan, and it represents an necessary milestone in our collective efforts to ship outcomes at scale, avert a looming disaster and make actual transformative variations in the lives of susceptible folks”.

FAO might be the sole implementing companion for the funding, and this work might be centred round two most important elements.

First, it’ll deal with wheat manufacturing, supporting about 2.1 million folks, that might be reached annually by way of the November 2022 and March-November 2023 planting seasons.

The challenge will even present focussed help on the dietary wants of youngsters, folks with disabilities or persistent sickness, and households headed by ladies by offering seeds and primary instruments for yard kitchen gardening and technical coaching on improved vitamin and climate-smart manufacturing practices. Almost 1 million folks will profit from this help and these inputs, notably focusing on rural ladies.

About 150 000 ladies will obtain coaching on improved cultivation strategies and vitamin. The challenge will improve linkages for each farmers and ladies concerned in gardening with native markets to facilitate the sale of marketable surpluses of wheat, greens and legumes.

Second, the challenge will even enhance entry to irrigation water, enhance soil and water conservation, and bolster local weather resilience by supporting the rehabilitation and enchancment of chosen irrigation and watershed administration programs of over 137 000 hectares of land. Under this element, greater than 1.9 million folks will profit from money for work actions for the restoration of irrigation infrastructure and watershed administration.

The FAO food security challenge is one in every of the three tasks totalling $793 million permitted by the World Bank to present pressing and important livelihood and well being companies, as well as to food help, to the folks of Afghanistan.

The World Bank help reinforces different ongoing FAO programmes in Afghanistan, funded by the Asian Development Bank and different donors, which mix to present each speedy life-saving and livelihood-protecting help with actions that lay down pathways for longer-term restoration and resilience-building.

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