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FASL - Food-security and Agricultural Sustainability for Livelihood improvement Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Direction du Développement de la Coopération (Suisse)

Titre : FASL - Food-security and Agricultural Sustainability for Livelihood improvement Afghanistan

Pays/Région : Afghanistan

Durée : 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2025

Résumé
Poverty and food insecurity are widespread all over Afghanistan and even more accentuated after the political change after the takeover of the Taliban in August 2021. Therefore the support of the poorest farmers in the most remote areas by improving and securing their livelihoods is crucial in order to strenghten sustainable natural resources management and the communities’ resilience. It is interwoven with the humanitarian appeal of Aga Khan Foundation supported by Switzerland.

Projet en bref
* Contexte : Afghanistan is carachterised by weak community-based institutions, high frequency of natural disasters (mainly due to the negative impact of climate change), high population growth, protracted crisis and internal displacement. All these factors are the main drivers of food insecurity. In remote mountainous districts, the situation is further critical due to short growing season, poor linkage between farmers and markets, small landholdings, lack of proper water management system, poor quality and limited access to crop inputs, lack of access to finance, and excessive use of natural resources. The lack of economic opportunities in remote districts, along with the loss of jobs due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have further adversely affected the households’ income level. Besides, food prices continue to increase due to the economic and financial crisis. All these factors have led to increased debt levels, as families continue to borrow money to meet their basic needs. The most remote areas which were already suffering from poverty are now at risk of loosing their food and livelihoods security.
* Objectifs  : The overall goal is to improve the food security and livelihood of poor smallholder farm households through increasing agricultural production and productivity, managing natural resources sustainably, and building resilience against natural disasters. The FASL project is proposed at a crucial moment of Afghanistan’s modern history, where the country is facing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. In this perspective, through this project Switzerland is taking concrete action to confirm its contin
* Groupes cibles  : The project will identify and support the poorest and most food-insecure smallholder farm households within 31 districts in 7 northern and central provinces (Badakhshan, Baghlan, Daykundi, Kunduz, Parwan, Samangan, and Takhar).

Partenaires  : Agha Khan Foundation

Budget de la Suisse  : CHF 9’072’500

Présentation : Coopération Suisse

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