Denmark has pledged $ 3 million to help Afghan farmers suffered from natural disasters. It is expected that assistance will be provided to 129 thousand farmers. The allocated funds will be used for the purchase of seeds and fertilizers, as well as for the implementation of agricultural programs.
According to the “1TV” Afghan TV channel, the project will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Qrganization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the IRA.
The Danish Ambassador to Afghanistan, Michael Lund Jeppesen, emphasized that the food crisis has affected millions of Afghans. In their turn, FAO representatives in the IRA noted that Denmark’s assistance will help to improve the working and living conditions of farmers in five Afghan provinces.
According to the UN, more than 10 million people in Afghanistan face acute food shortages. Vulnerable farming families will secure assistance for their livelihoods through a new project, led by FAO and funded by the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund.
“The effects of the 2018 drought and the 2019 flood, exacerbated by the long-term conflict, have been devastating for small farmers, preventing them from cultivating large plots of land or setting aside surplus for seeds to crop in future,” noted Rajendra Aryal, FAO representative in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF) has allocated $9.5 million to a FAO-led project that intended to increase the environmental resistance of farmers suffered from conflict and natural disasters in 16 provinces of Afghanistan with the lowest level of food security.
Within the framework of the project, each beneficiary family will get enough resources to plant about half a hectare of wheat, which will allow them to grow and harvest more than 900 kg of this main grain crop. This will be enough to meet the household needs for a whole year, and also, perhaps, to get surpluses.
Thereby, the allocation of resources, undertaken by FAO with the support of the Fund, should lead to a total harvest of 113,200 tons of wheat in 2020.