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Improving livestock-based livelihoods in Afghanistan

Aug 2019

Livestock is a major source of rural livelihoods in Afghanistan. The devastating drought that struck various provinces in 2018 hit pastoralists the hardest. In rural areas, supporting those most affected to resume their normal lives is critical. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with generous financial support from the Government of Japan, is assisting 7 100 vulnerable pastoralist families affected by drought in Balkh and Jawzjan provinces to strengthen and restore their main source of livelihood.

Project beneficiaries received concentrated animal feed, fodder crop seeds, deworming medicine and trainings on good animal husbandry practices. This project is part of FAO’s broader emergency programme in Afghanistan to restore livestock production, improve their food security and prevent recovery setbacks. FAO has called for USD 35 million to assist 1.4 million people under the 2019 Emergency Livelihoods Response Plan for Afghanistan.

Author: FAO/Afghanistan

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