Afghanistan: WFP contributed 490 tons of food items to Zabul province

Zabul (Sunday, October 26, 2008): Among 45 CDCs of Zabul province only 27 CDCs were provided with 490 tons of food items by World Food Program (WFP). Abdul Rahman, the CDC head of Kalat, the center of Zabul province indicated that 490 tons of food items are being distributed to workers under the direct supervision of local CDCs through WFP in exchange to work for rehabilitation projects.

He said: "These projects are comprised of wells excavation, roads reconstruction, and canals excavation for irrigation purposes. The projects will be completed and handed over to residents in the center, districts, and remote areas of Zabul province in the coming three months."

He added that the contributed food items are consisted of wheat, cooking oil, lentil, and salt. Each worker will receive 50 kg of wheat, 3.5 kg of cooking oil, 6 kg of lentil, and some salt at the end of every month. According to local CDC head, although some Aid organizations have distributed food items to workers before, people didn't approve of them at all.

He said: "After workers complained that the Aid organizations didn't justly distribute food items to them, CDCs had to take the responsibility of projects implementation and food distribution."

Abdul Razaq Soodmand, the Zabul RRD director said to Wakht News Agency: "Inasmuch as Zabul residents didn't approve of NGOs activities, they complained to us and insisted that the NGOs ought to work under the supervision of CDCs and government."

Previously, the rehabilitation activities in Zabul province were conducted through Aid organizations. These activities, however, are currently supervised and managed through local CDCs.

For more information, please contact:

Abdul-Rahim Daud
Acting Director, Communications
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
Kabul, Afghanistan
Mobile: +93 (0) 799 879 466