FASL - Food-security and Agricultural Sustainability for Livelihood improvement
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.
Agriculture & food security
Climate change and environment
Household food security
Disaster risk reduction DRR
- Agha Khan Foundation
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 continued solidarity towards the Afghan population.
|Target groups||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).|
Outcome 1: Smallholder farm households are better represented in the community institutions through self-help groups (SHGs);
Outcome 2: Smallholder farm households mantain their agriculture production, productivity and food security;
Outcome 3: Smallholder farm households sustainably manage their natural resources and become more resilient.
Output 1.1: Community savings and access to finance are improved
Output 1.2: SHGs are established
Output 2.1: Agricultural lands of smallholder farm households are developed
Output 2.2: Capacity, knowledge, and tools for agricultural production are improved
Output 2.3: Productive assets of smallholder farm households are developed
Output 2.4: Employable skills are imparted to women, men and youth
Output 3.1: Pro-Poor Community based Natural Resources Management (NRM) plans are developed
Output 3.2: Natural disaster mitigation activities are implemented
Results from previous phases: Due to rapid political change and instability, data collection is not feasible before the project implementation. Baselines will be established within the first six months of the project through collection of information at household level.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
The Aga Khan Foundation
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
Synergies with Aga Khan Foundation Emergency Humanitarian Appeal for Afghanistan supported by Switzerland.
Synergies within the Aga Khan Development Network: the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat , the First Micro-Finance Bank and the University of Central Asia
Switzerlang has a long experience in Afghanistan in both the agricultural and natural resources domains. Hence, FASL is in line/complements other projects promoting the improvement of the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations, as well as a sustainable use of natural resources such as the Rangeland Management, the Sustainable Livelihood and Social Development and the Agricultural Services and Livelihood Improvement projects.
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 9’072’500 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 1’620’000 Budget of the organisation CHF 0 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF 9’072’500 Budget inclusive project partner CHF 28’000’000|