The Food Security and Agriculture Cluster (FSAC) has been a central part of the humanitarian response in Afghanistan since 2008. The FSAC is co-led by the World Food Program (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with a Non-governmental organization (NGO, currently CoAR) as Co-Chair. Over 172 partner organizations country-wide are active in the FSAC, including NGOs (international and national), relevant Government ministries (central and regional departments), United Nations (UN) agencies, and donors.
The FSAC response strategy for 2016 includes food assistance through cash and in-kind modalities, and livelihood support through the distribution of agriculture, vegetable, livestock kits, and poultry. It is important to adopt a uniform, national approach that reflect minimum acceptable humanitarian standards to avoid inequality and harm, and better utilization of limited resources. These guidelines have been thoroughly discussed with partners, donors and humanitarian agencies at FSAC meetings from November 2015 to February 2016, and agreed by all relevant stakeholders including the Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).