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Japan strengthens food security in Afghanistan with a donation of US$ 18 million to help combat the threat of animal diseases – nomad community key beneficiary

Japan strengthens food security in Afghanistan with a donation of US$ 18 million to help combat the threat of animal diseases – nomad community key beneficiary

20/11/2014

The Government of Japan, through technical assistance of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and in collaboration with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has announced a new project to boost the resilience and livelihoods of livestock farmers in Afghanistan.

Animal disease outbreaks and emergencies threaten the livelihoods of livestock farmers and negatively impact a country’s economy and, in particular, the food security of nomad communities in Afghanistan that rely heavily on livestock.

Because early detection and warning systems are vital, the project will establish a network of local focal points, community-based animal health and extension workers, who will be trained in early disease detection in sheep, goats and cattle – the mainstay of Afghanistan’s livestock production – and help to set up a system of rapid response to outbreaks.

This on-farm livestock healthcare system will include a component of preventative vaccination programmes against known animal illnesses such as foot and mouth disease among others.

“The support pledged by the Government of Japan to assist vulnerable Afghan livestock owners, including nomad Kuchi communities who heavily depend on livestock for their food security and livelihood is greatly appreciated,” said Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Afghanistan’s acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). “This support is in line with MAIL’s strategy in combatting transboundary animal diseases (TADs), as well as with FAO’s country programming framework (CPF).”

The project, worth approximately US$ 18 million (JPN¥ 1.998 billion), was confirmed today during a signing ceremony in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The project will be jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry.

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