With this ADB support, FAO will strengthen its crisis response to raise local food production, protect livestock, increase rural incomes and improve food security of the country's most vulnerable rural people. ©FAO/Hashim Azizi

Afghanistan: FAO welcomes $65 million contribution from Asian Development Bank to boost agriculture and food security

26/01/2022

Funds will protect lives and livelihoods of vulnerable rural communities, lay a foundation for recovery.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today welcomed a groundbreaking $65 million contribution from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to boost food security and support livelihoods of the most vulnerable rural communities in Afghanistan.

The ADB support represents a significant contribution to FAO’s $200 million crisis response programme for 2022 – and beyond – to raise local food production, protect livestock, increase rural incomes and improve the food security of poor and vulnerable people across the country as well as increase the resilience of women and help farm households access markets.

The aim is to achieve this through providing critical agricultural inputs and services, including the distribution of wheat cultivation assistance packages and livestock feed, veterinary support and the provision of vegetable cultivation packages and poultry, as well as small farm equipment and technical training.