The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $650,000 for coordination of emergency food security activities in Afghanistan.
The contribution will fund humanitarian coordination and information management activities. These activities include support for the Emergency Food Security Cluster at the country level and the compilation of baseline food security data and analysis to inform appropriate emergency response measures. The baseline data includes, an inventory of all the food aid, food vouchers, food for work, and cash for work by district so that any assessment of emergency response needs can be planned at an appropriate level.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, stating: “FAO has a proven track record in emergency food security and agriculture coordination activities in the field. As FAO works to reform itself, the U.S. Government is proud to continue to partner with this organization which makes a difference in the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations in Afghanistan and elsewhere.”