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Blog article
Drought threatens the livelihoods of 7 million farmers in Afghanistan

FAO calls for urgent humanitarian assistance for the winter wheat season
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has appealed for humanitarian assistance to be scaled up as Afghanistan continues to be hit hard by an ever-worsening drought that threatens the livelihoods of more than 7 million people who rely on agriculture or livestock. Many of these people are...
Afghanistan
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Policy brief/paper
UN and humanitarian partners scale up life-saving response to crisis in Afghanistan and call on all donors to urgently turn pledges into reality

 UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs in Afghanistan are in a race against time to deliver lifesaving aid to crisis-affected people and preposition supplies ahead of winter. Millions of people in Afghanistan have been deeply affected by decades of conflict and displacement, chronic poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic, a severe drought, a failing...
Afghanistan
2021 - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Blog article
Bonding on the job in Bamyan, Afghanistan

The area of Bamyan in central Afghanistan is located right in the middle of what was known as the Silk Road and used to be a strategic resting point for travellers and merchants. It was meeting point of cultures and once a hub of Buddhism, but today it is more...
Afghanistan
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Sweden’s funding supports the most vulnerable food insecure farmers in Afghanistan

Vulnerable farmers and livestock keepers and owners of the most food-insecure provinces of Afghanistan will benefit from the funding (USD 3.6 million) provided by Sweden for FAO to assist 168 000 people in Badakhshan, Daikundi, Nuristan, and Samangan provinces. This humanitarian response will protect agriculture-based livelihoods, build farmers and herders’ resilience to withstand...
Afghanistan
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Bonding on the job in Bamyan, Afghanistan

The area of Bamyan in central Afghanistan is located right in the middle of what was known as the Silk Road and used to be a strategic resting point for travellers and merchants. It was meeting point of cultures and once a hub of Buddhism, but today it is more...
Afghanistan
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Fact sheet
COVID-19 precautionary measures for agricultural farmers

The brochure was designed to raise awareness regarding COVID-19 precautionary measures Pre-Harvesting Operations from planting till harvesting, for farmers in remote villages during the coronavirus pandemic.
Afghanistan
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Article
New study confirms the need to better prioritize rural youth in political agendas

The IYFF+ 10 World Coordination Committee (WCC) launches a new study that analyzes and highlights the common and global challenges faced by rural youth from all 5 continents.
The recently published study on Young People and Family Farming stresses the need to prioritize youth in the political agenda by strengthening a comprehensive approach at the institutional level tailored to the needs and demands of rural youth. This study has been carried out by the IYFF+ 10 World Coordination...
Afghanistan
2018 - WRF

Video
Earning and learning for Afghan women

Whether through earning or learning, over 2000 Afghan women are helping themselves. Pickled vegetables, mushroom production and complementary feed preparations are the FAO initiatives that - in collaboration with the national Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and donations from the governments of Germany and Luxemburg - are reaching the...
Afghanistan
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Video
Afghanistan’s Milky Way

The two women in this story are among 8,000 Afghan milk farmers, mostly women, who were introduced to the business through the dairy cooperative movement. Founded by FAO in 2002, the movement is expanding steadily and is now based on thriving co-operative-managed enterprises, thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation...
Afghanistan
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Video
Taming the waters of Afghanistan

Irrigation is vital for Afghanistan, for food security and livelihoods, and for economic growth. Since 2002, FAO has worked with the government and communities to rehabilitate irrigation canals and improve their management. Funded by Japan and the World Bank, 400,000 farm households have been assisted, directly reaching over 2 million...
Afghanistan
2017 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Report
Community Seed Production

Due to this underlying need, FAO, in collaboration with ICRISAT, ICARDA, and CIAT, organized an expert consultation workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in December 2013 on Community Seed Production. The workshop’s objective was to create a roadmap and develop strategies for enhancing effective uptake and implementation of CSP in developing...
Afghanistan - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Ecuador - Ethiopia - India - Malawi - Nepal - Peru - Uganda
2015 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
How Farming Families Benefit from Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Efforts to enhance smallholder farmers’ involvement in agricultural markets under the World Food Programme (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme have led to a variety of nutrition-sensitive activities. In many rural communities where P4P and partners work, these context- and country-specific efforts have begun to increase farming families’ access to nutritious...
Afghanistan - Ethiopia - Guatemala - Honduras - Malawi - Mali - Rwanda - Zambia
2015 - World Food Programme (WFP) Purchase for Progress (P4P)

Website
Family Farming website

The website about family farmers and their farms, begun in 2014 to show the diversity of family farmers ‘Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth‘ by a collection of first hand experiences (snapshots) as an educational resource for anywhere in the world. The concept of this comes from the  International...
Afghanistan - Albania - Algeria - American Samoa - Andorra - Angola - Anguilla - Antarctica - Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Armenia - Aruba - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan - Bahamas - Bahrain - Bangladesh - Barbados - Belarus - Belgium - Belize - Benin - Bermuda - Bhutan - Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Botswana - Bouvet Island - Brazil - British Virgin Islands - Brunei Darussalam - Bulgaria - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cabo Verde - Cambodia - Cameroon - Canada - Cayman Islands - Central African Republic - Chad - Channel Islands - Chile - China - China, Hong Kong SAR - China, Macao SAR - Christmas Island - Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Colombia - Comoros - Congo - Cook Islands - Costa Rica - Croatia - Cuba - Curaçao - Cyprus - Czechia - Côte d'Ivoire - Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Denmark - Djibouti - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - Egypt - El Salvador - Equatorial Guinea - Eritrea - Estonia - Ethiopia - Faroe Islands - Fiji - Finland - France - French Guyana - French Polynesia - French Southern Territories - Gabon - Gambia - Georgia - Germany - Ghana - Gibraltar - Greece - Greenland - Grenada - Guadeloupe - Guam - Guatemala - Guernsey - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana - Haiti - Heard and McDonald Islands - Holy See
2014 - Family farms.enviroed4all

Report
ICARDA annual report 2014

As part of our larger strategy to adapt smallholders in drylands to climate change, ICARDA’s science has sharpened its focus on producing more with less in irrigated and agropastoral systems, and sustainably intensifying cereal-based rain-fed production systems through research platforms in Egypt, Ethiopia and Morocco.
Afghanistan - Egypt - Ethiopia - India - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Jordan - Morocco - Pakistan - Sudan - Turkey
2014 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Journal
Caravan - Gender focus: prioritizing the needs of women farmers

This  issue of Caravan – a collaborative effort with the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems – focuses on gender related research being undertaken by ICARDA and national and CGIAR research partners across the world's dry areas, reflecting on experience and insights from Morocco to South Asia and beyond. Articles...
Afghanistan - Egypt - Jordan
2014 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Video
River of milk: Afghan dairy farmers prosper

The dairy sector in Afghanistan is thriving. Thousands of small farmers are benefiting from an FAO project funded by Italy that is improving the collection, processing and marketing of their milk. Women control almost 90 % of the profits. Milk producers are organized into cooperatives. Demand for milk products is...
Afghanistan
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal
Caravan - An integrated ‘systems’ approach for dryland agroecosystems

This issue of Caravan presents some successes of the collaboration of scientists and other stakeholders from ICARDA and national partners, where participatory research with local communities and women’s groups in particular, has reaped a range of benefits through an integrated systems approach. These examples demonstrate a path forward for sustainably...
Afghanistan - India - Iraq - Jordan - Morocco - Syrian Arab Republic - Tunisia
2013 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Book
Irrigation in Central Asia in figures

It is in the mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as stated in Article 1 of its constitution, “to collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information related to nutrition, food and agriculture”. Within this framework, in 1993 FAO launched a programme known as AQUASTAT, its...
Afghanistan - Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Journal
Caravan - Research that works for people and communities

This issue of Caravan looks to the field to present approaches and examples that have been developed through our research with partners in many dryland countries, and can be deployed to benefit smallholder farmers in many more locations. These technologies bring resistance to drought, temperature extremes, or diseases that damage and...
Afghanistan - Ethiopia - Lebanon - Uzbekistan
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Report
ICARDA annual report 2012

Science for better livelihoods in dry areas
The report stresses progress in linking research innovations to results in farmers' fields in a number of areas. These research-for-development initiatives are testing technology and policy packages with farmers in their production situations. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa ICARDA leads the wheat component of the regional initiative on Support to...
Afghanistan - Egypt - Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Pakistan - Turkey
2012 - International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
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