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Integrated emergency livestock assistance to drought affected farming families in Afghanistan

Integrated emergency livestock assistance to drought affected farming families in Afghanistan

Full title of the project:

Integrated emergency livestock assistance to drought affected farming families in Afghanistan

Target areas:

Balkh and Jawzjan provinces

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 625 000
31/03/2019-30/09/2019
Project code:
OSRO/AFG/901/JPN
Objective:

To increase livestock production and ensure the food security and nutrition of vulnerable pastoral households.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL), Ministry of Economy, Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, district development assemblies and community development councils

Beneficiaries reached:

7 100 households (49 700 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 100 kg of concentrated animal feed to each household (710 tonnes in total).
  • Provided 3 kg of fodder seed to each household (21.3 tonnes in total).
  • Trained 17 implementing partner staff and 17 DAIL extension staff on good livestock practices, who then trained all the targeted beneficiaries.
  • Trained 7 100 people, of whom 377 were female, on good practices in animal husbandry and livestock management.
Impact:
  • Protected 50 422 heads of livestock belonging to 7 100 households affected by drought –60 percent more than planned.
  • Cultivated 163 jeribs (32.6 ha) of irrigated land and 44 jeribs (8.8 ha) of rainfed land with fodder crops, which could produce an estimated 53 250 tonnes of fodder.
  • Ensured optimal use of the inputs distributed through trainings.
  • Promoted good livestock practices.
  • Boosted feed production, which allowed famers to replenish their stocks of animal feed.
  • Prevented loss of livestock due to death or distress sale.
  • Sustained farmers’ fodder production and medium-term feed availability.
  • Increased milk production, animal protein and offspring survival.