By: Shukria Kohistani
The Royal Denmark Plans to contribute US$ 3 m to affected farmers of draught and floods for improving of nutrition and ensuring of food security of 15500 farmer households of Badakhshan, Daikundi, Ghor, Herat and Urezgan provinces.
Addressing the signing ceremony of MOU of this contribution, deputy MOAIL for irrigation and natural resources, Hashmatullah Ghafoori said, “This contribution will be invested to help vulnerable and female farmers and those women who have economic problems and support their families”.
Ghafoori added, this contribution will be invested with launching of the project of distribution of improved seeds, fertilizers, agricultural machinaries for domestic gardens and rehabilitation of irrigation systems for abovementioned individuals. This projects is expected to be completed in one year and we hope to manage to upgrade economic capability of vulnerable families.
In his speech at the above ceremony, ambassador of Denmark in Kabul Michael Gebson said, “Denmark is committed to a developed Afghanistan and together with other donors tries to be accountable and cooperative to meet emergency needs of Afghans who have been damaged by draught and floods”.
Expressing pleasure on Danish contribution for improving of farmers economic conditions, country director of Afghanistan UNFAO Rajandra Aryal said, “ Large number of families in Afghanistan are leading life in lack of food security due to draught and floods. I believe that this contribution would leave positive impacts in improving of farmers living condition”.
Denmark has been granting financial support for agriculture sector of Afghanistan since 2001. Economists believe that Afghanistan is still one the poorest countries in the world because over half of its population are living below the poverty line.
Afghans have been facing with foreign interferences, devastating civil wars, riots and extensive insecurities and this situation certainly has remained extraordinary unpleasant impacts on its economic growth, reduction of development opportunities and paving the way of increasing poverty.
According to experts, in 2018 complicated political situation and continues draught reduced its economic growth to 1.8% and further restricted people access to primary living resources draught in 2018, damaged 22% of agricultural products in 34 provinces that caused increasing hunger and shortage of foodstuffs and rural areas, increasing of IDPs and disturbing of agricultural livelihood.
Prior to draught hunger existed too extensively. From 2016 to 2017 about 13 million Afghans failed to supply primary needs of foodstuffs. In the last decades the number of Afghans who are faced with threat of food shortage increased from 28 to 45% that affected calculation of poverty rate.
Increase of lack of access to foodstuff has close link with shortage of income sources that indicated different factors including water shortage, climate change and continued wars.
Large number of people who are involved in ordinary works failed to lead a normal life thus poverty level is increasing in Afghanistan.