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Afghanistan | COVID-19 awareness raising and livestock management training

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 provided COVID-19 awareness-raising sessions and livestock management trainings to vulnerable herders and livestock owners in Afghanistan at the peak of the 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. This assistance was complemented with specific livestock management training on the following topics:

  • Appropriate feeding techniques and use of concentrated animal feed for small and large ruminants.
  • Drought mitigation techniques (destocking, supplementary feeding, fodder conservation).
  • Animal health care, including basic and preventive veterinary care practices (vaccination campaigns, vaccination timeline, common diseases, ectoparasites, deworming and spraying of livestock barns).
  • COVID-19 safety measures and basic mitigation measures.

Together with the livestock specific training, beneficiaries were provided with awareness raising sessions on how to prevent and/or minimize the transmission of COVID-19 within their households and local communities/villages, as well as during transhumance and when at the market. 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..

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, managed 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, managed 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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