Resilience

Afghanistan | FAO protects agriculture-based livelihoods in Afghanistan

Jun 2021

Khialy Gul is an Afghan farmer from Nawju Village, Kuz Kunar District, Nangarhar Province. Together with some family members and neighbours, he is harvesting an abundant wheat yield. This successful harvest has been obtained thanks to his hard work and the assistance provided by FAO through a project funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a special fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), through its Underfunded Emergencies Window. 

The assistance allowed Khialy Gul to cultivate two jeribs of land (0.4 hectares) with certified wheat seeds. He was provided with an emergency package consisting of 50 kg of this quality seeds, 50 kg of urea and 50 kg of diammonium phosphate (DAP) fertilizer. The agricultural inputs were coupled with specific training on wheat cultivation practices to improve productivity. 

Without this assistance, this Afghan farmer would not have been able to access quality seeds and his yield would have been significantly lower in terms of both quantity and quality, seriously compromising his family’s weak food security situation. The certified wheat seed provided by FAO has boosted wheat production by more than 60 percent. “It is clean and pure wheat,” Khialy Gul says looking at the wheat in his field. The farmer from Nangarhar Province will also be able to save some seeds for the next wheat planting season, giving him a head start. 

Apart from the agricultural inputs received, all farmers assisted by FAO have also attended an awareness raising session to adopt COVID-mitigated practices when at the farm, the market or in any daily life situation, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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. 

2. OSRO/GLO/010/CHA – Cash Assistance for averting famine and strengthening emergency livelihoods. 

Author: FAO in Afghanistan

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