FAO says it will help 9 million Afghans by the end of the year

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said it would provide assistance to 9 million people by the end of 2022.

In a video posted on the FAO Afghanistan Twitter page, FAO Country Director for Afghanistan Dick Trenchard said the organization has already reached 2.7 million people this year.

Trenchard expressed concern about the impact of successive droughts and the Afghan economic crisis on livelihoods and livestock in the country.

“This year, we have already reached more than 2.7 million people across the country. By the end of the year we will have reached over 9 million, recognizing that the next few weeks, the next few months are the peak period of the agricultural cycle and that is when we and our NGO partners we have to make sure that every humanitarian packet, every bag of wheat seeds, fertilizers, vegetable seeds and tools gets to the people who need them most,” he said.

Meanwhile, farmers said that due to lack of fertilizer and cull seed, their harvest was affected.

“If we fertilize our crop, it grows well and produces good crops. We call on the government to pay attention to this issue,” said a farmer.

“We put four bags of fertilizer on our crops and the harvests were good but this year I put two bags and the harvests fell to just 35 bags,” said a farmer.

This comes as the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said farmers have been badly affected by recent flash floods that hit several provinces in the country.

“As farmland is affected, gardens are affected, fruit is affected, livestock is affected, the ministry has a plan for that. We will investigate first and then we will take action according to our capabilities and we will also share the figures with the humanitarian organisations,” said Musbahuddin Mustaeen, spokesperson for the ministry.

Earlier, USAID announced $80 million to FAO Afghanistan to help Afghan farmers with basic needs.

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