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Afghanistan | Animal health care

May 2021

Thanks to the generous support of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), FAO helped safeguard the livestock-based livelihoods of the most vulnerable herders and livestock owners at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic

Through a number of humanitarian projects covering the most food-insecure provinces of Afghanistan, FAO delivered livestock protection packages consisting of 100 kg of concentrated animal feed and veterinary support through a deworming programme, which was provided in collaboration with the Animal Health Directorate and Veterinary Field Units (VFU) at district level. A total of 37 500 small and large animals (cattle, sheep and goats) were treated with anathematic medication for external and internal parasites, which are prevalent in the project sites.

The Kuchi nomadic pastoral community were the main beneficiaries of the livestock protection package. More than 5 000 Kuchi families received assistance. This time-critical support was coupled with the provision of N-95 reusable facemasks alongside a set of anti-germ soaps. Moreover, assisted Kuchi families participated in a briefing on COVID-19 preventive measures and learned how and where to use masks, as well as how to wash their hands effectively in order to prevent the transmission of the virus.

Projects related: 

1. OSRO/AFG/008/CHA – TEAM: Time-critical Emergency Agriculture inputs assistance to Marginal and food insecure farming households to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 and ongoing food crisis, funded by CERF and managed by OCHA through its Underfunded Emergencies window. 

2. OSRO/GLO/017/CHA – Preventing and responding to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on food security, also funded by CERF and managed by OCHA through its Underfunded Emergencies window. 

3. OSRO/AFG/005/GER – Minimizing potential Impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture-livelihoods of vulnerable and food insecure households through Anticipatory actions in Afghanistan, funded by the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

Author: FAO in Afghanistan

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