300,000 dollars for Afghan cattle farmers
Around 80% of the population in Afghanistan is dependent upon arable farming and cattle breeding as a means of subsistence. The country has been suffering from an extreme drought for some time, with enormous consequences for 2.2 million people: water shortages, poor-quality cattle feed, diseases and death among the herds.
The province of Badghis in particular has been badly affected and is struggling with the country's highest levels of uncertainty in food supply. This is why the Belgian Development Cooperation is supporting a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to rebuild the livelihoods of 5,200 farming families. Deworming campaigns are being set up to protect the animals from diseases. Additionally, the distribution of 320 tonnes of cattle feed should ensure the animals have enough to eat.
All this should improve the food security for more than 36,000 people in the region. Belgium is releasing 300,000 dollars for this project through the SFERA (Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities) ̶ a flexible FAO fund that makes sure the organisation can respond quickly to emergency situations. Through the SFERA, Belgium helps farming families affected by crises to get their lives back on track as soon as possible, thereby increasing their resilience.