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Afghanistan | Cash distribution and COVID-19 awareness raising

May 2021

Thanks to the generous support of the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Federal Republic of Germany, FAO provided unconditional cash transfers to 9 166 vulnerable landless labourer and marginal farming households in the most food-insecure provinces of Afghanistan. Families headed by women were prioritized and accounted for 38 percent of the beneficiary households. 

The unconditional cash transfer of AFN 3 850 (USD 50) that was provided to each household is equivalent to 55 percent of the cost of the monthly food basket for a family of seven, according to the Food Security Agriculture Cluster in Afghanistan. Over 90 percent of the households who received this transfer reported that it improved their access to food; one in four households acknowledged that it helped them reduce their debts; and for almost one in five of the beneficiary households it helped them restart their livelihood by allowing them to purchase agricultural or livestock inputs. Other benefits cited by beneficiaries include the prevention of an impending debt, paying for medical treatments, and buying home gardening tools.

Together with the cash transfers, 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 when farming or at the market. 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/GLO/017/CHA – Preventing and responding to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on food security, also funded by CERF, managed by OCHA, through its Underfunded Emergencies window. 

2. 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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