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Support to coordination of food security and agriculture in emergency preparedness and response in Afghanistan

Support to coordination of food security and agriculture in emergency preparedness and response in Afghanistan

Full title of the project:

Support to coordination of food security and agriculture in emergency preparedness and response

Target areas:

Afghanistan

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 300 000
26/02/2013-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/AFG/302/USA
Objective:

To address critical humanitarian needs and promote effective and efficient responses by ensuring strong Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) leadership and coordination of emergency food security and agriculture interventions, as a result of common analysis of the food security situation and good quality information management and monitoring systems.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghan National Disaster Management Authority, World Food Programme, Afghanaid and Islamic Relief Worldwide.

Beneficiaries reached:

Member and observer agencies of the FSAC in Afghanistan, working in fields related to food security and agriculture and/or humanitarian response.

Activities implemented:
  • Facilitated FSAC monthly coordination meetings.
  • Supported existing working groups and established a Cash- and Voucher-based Intervention Working Group.
  • Contributed regularly to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs monthly humanitarian bulletin.
  • Released four FSAC quarterly newsletters, quarterly “who does what where” maps and dashboards and a periodical bulletin with important Cluster news, upcoming events and Web site updates.
  • Contributed to the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) 2013 Mid-Year Review and the CHAP 2014.
  • Facilitated trainings for Non-governmental Organization staff on humanitarian access, the Rapid Assessment
  • Form and the Season Food Security Assessment (SFSA).
  • Produced gender-based violence tools and encouraged their use among partners.
  • Participated in the SFSA and pre-harvest appraisal in 2013.
  • Supported the Afghanistan Food Security Technical Team in producing IPC maps.
  • Strengthened the FSAC Web site and other information and communication tools.
  • Responded to drought, floods and conflict-induced displacement in 2013 by preparing relevant emergency preparedness and response plans.
Impact:
  • Enhanced effectiveness of FSAC as an operational coordination mechanism.
  • Strengthened the common platform for evidence-based food security assessment analysis and response.
  • Strengthened emergency preparedness and response.
  • Improved FSAC partners’ access to information, enabling them to better target their programmes, creating synergies and avoiding overlap.