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Afghanistan | Winter wheat assistance provided by FAO growing strong in the fields of eastern Afghanistan

Apr 2022

In 2021, FAO assisted 1.3 million people across Afghanistan with wheat cultivation packages and technical training. Each package consisted of 50 kg of certified wheat seed and 50 kg of urea fertilizer. With the total amount of seed provided, farmers across the country can grow enough wheat to feed 1.7 million people for one year. 

Providing wheat production packages is a cost-effective, strategic intervention whose results are sustainable humanitarian intervention. Each package, which costs USD 157, enables a farmer to cultivate 2 jeribs of land (0.4 ha) and grow enough staple food to feed a family of seven for a year. Meanwhile, the cost of the minimum food basket for a family of seven for a year costs USD 1 080. 

In Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, farmers are already seeing wheat growing in their fields as the harvest approaches. Farmers can use their production to feed their families, and, if there is a surplus, to sell it in local markets to earn an income. This support is vital to protecting rural livelihoods, preventing hunger and reducing further displacement from rural areas.

In addition, FAO continues its long-term work of developing improved drought-tolerant varieties that are adapted to the local conditions at demonstration farms like the one in Jalalabad shown in this album.

Author: FAO

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