How the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund is helping
The Third Reserve Allocation was released to directly respond to urgent needs and the limited capacity of internally displaced people to cope with the onset of winter and who require basic assistance in order to survive. The Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund allocation addresses the dire humanitarian situation and is aligned with strategic objectives outlined in the 2020 HRP to improve humanitarian responses through an inclusive and coordinated process. About a third of the $33 million allocation or $10.2 million was allocated towards 16 projects that are providing winterisation assistance.
As many IDP families are hosted by their relatives and friends who often lack coping capacity and their own resources, additional support is being provided through the distribution of cash, relief items, and winter kits. This assistance is aimed at newly displaced and returnees and those who are living in open spaces. In addition, to help farmers through the winter, the AHF is supporting livelihoods projects to mitigate the impact of the poor winter planting season through the distribution of improved varieties of seeds and fertilizer. Improved varieties can deliver higher yields compared with traditional local seeds and are more resistant to mild drought conditions. The allocation recognizes that it is critical for rural farmers to receive adequate seed and fertilizer in time for the October to December planting window to ensure a good yields in the summer of 2020.
For example, the need for seed assistance – particularly to support the winter wheat planting season – was identified one of the top three priorities for small-scale vulnerable farmers affected by conflict and natural disasters across Afghanistan.
With funding from the AHF and donors, humanitarian partners working in the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster have been able to provide time-critical support to 117,193 rural households (or 820,351 people) during the 2019 winter wheat planting season. To date, wheat seeds and fertilizers were delivered and handed over to partners in 78 districts of 17 provinces: Badakhshan, Badghis, Balkh, Bamyan, Daykundi, Farah, Faryab, Ghor, Hilmand, Hirat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Nuristan, Samangan, Sar-e-pul and Wardak.