21 February 2022, Jalalabad, Afghanistan - Sanam, a farmer in Kuz Kunar district of Jalalabad, working in his wheat field as he learned at an FAO technical training.
In 2021, FAO assisted 1.3 million people across Afghanistan with wheat cultivation packages. Each package consisted of 50 kg of certified wheat seeds to cultivate 2 jeribs of land (0.4 hectares), 50 kg of urea fertilizers, and specific technical training. This assistance is expected to grow enough staple food to feed 1.7 million people across the country for one year.
Wheat cultivation is support is a cost-effective, strategic and long-lasting intervention in the frame of current humanitarian crisis. Each package, worth USD 157, can grow enough staple food to feed one family of seven for a year. The cost of the minimum food basket for the same family for that period would amount to USD 1080.
In eastern Afghanistan, Nangarhar province, farmers are already seeing their wheat fields growing strong. Harvest time is approaching fast. Further to growing food to feed their families, farmers are also hopeful to be able to harvest some surplus that can be sold in local markets and generate some income.
All in all, FAO emergency assistance packages are providing vital aid to protect rural livelihoods, prevent hunger and reduce further displacement from rural areas.
In addition to the assistance to the most vulnerable, FAO continues his long-term work to develop improved drought-tolerant varieties that adapt to the local conditions at research farms like the one in Jalalabad shown in this album.