Germany commits over US$7.5 million for food security, livelihoods projects
Funds support FAO activities in Afghanistan, Kenya and Tanzania
4 December 2007, Rome - The Government of Germany has committed more than US$7.5 million to support food security, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods in Afghanistan, Kenya and Tanzania, under an agreement signed last week with FAO.
The new funds bring Germany’s extrabudgetary contributions to FAO in 2007 up to US$13 million, with more than half going to support nutrition, livelihoods and food security activities in Afghanistan.
A new three-year project with a budget of nearly US$2.8 million will build on the achievements of earlier German-funded activities by continuing to integrate nutrition, food security and livelihoods objectives and activities in government policies and programmes, notably in agriculture, rural development, health and education.
The project will assist in the design and implementation of the Government’s rural youth and women’s empowerment programmes, including vocational training and employment creation. It will also work to integrate nutrition education into school curricula, literacy programmes, and agriculture and rural development projects and will expand community-based food security interventions from the current three provinces (Bamyan, Badakshan and Herat) to a total of six provinces.
Concerned about the depletion of forests and woody rangelands, the Government of Afghanistan has endorsed a new forest and rangeland policy that involves local communities in the management of forests and other natural resources. A new legal framework providing access and rights to local communities has been formulated and a draft Forest Law is now available.
To ensure the effectiveness of the proposed forestry policy and legislation, another three-year project, funded by Germany with over US$2.5 million, will pilot participatory forest management practices in three provinces of northern and eastern Afghanistan where security conditions are satisfactory.
Both projects are part of an ongoing umbrella programme of complementary development activities in selected provinces of Afghanistan, funded with nearly US$8 million from Germany and promoting food security, nutrition and livelihoods with a strong focus on sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity.
In Kenya and Tanzania, Germany is providing over US$2 million to enhance the viability of smallholding and traditional agriculture and agro-pastoral systems and the food and nutritional security of the indigenous communities depending on them.
Part of FAO’s global initiative to preserve globally important agricultural heritage systems, the project will target the Masaai agropastoral and Tapade agroforestry systems.
Advocating a “dynamic conservation” approach that promotes adaptive management and conservation of the Masaai and Tapade communities’ productive landscape, the project will build the capacity of local communities in Kenya and Tanzania to achieve sustainable agriculture and rural development.
The project also aims to achieve international recognition of the Masaai and Tapade systems as world agricultural heritage sites.
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