Protect the livestock-based livelihoods of 3,500 vulnerable Kuchi households (24,500 people) in Balkh, Faryab, Kandahar and Herat provinces through provision of livestock protection package (comprising 100 kg of animal feed and veterinary care supplies) as well as information dissemination and awareness building – using appropriate Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials – to prevent/minimize transmission of the COVID-19.
Under this subsector, FAO will provide concentrated animal feed and deworming to 3500 vulnerable smallholder pastoralist families (Kochis) in order to feed their animals.
The livestock feed inputs will be procured as per FAO standard procurement procedures from national suppliers. These standards require that feed is sent to certified international laboratories for testing, and those results are shared with the FAO livestock team.
Equitable distribution of livestock feed will be determined by district-level committees comprised of DAIL staff, ANDMA staff, Kochi Directorate, the Governor’s office, FAO, and DCA, all of whom will review the pre-identified Kochi communities and make decisions about the allocation of inputs depending on need.
Once a list of beneficiaries is finalized, DCA will obtain the district-level committee’s endorsement. DCA will submit a report from their own inception workshop, along with the list of proposed beneficiaries, to FAO. After FAO staff perform field visits to verify the decision (where security permits), the feed will be dispatched to designated DCA warehouses in the field. Each beneficiary household will receive a livestock protection package. This package will include 100 kg of animal feed and dewormer medicine, which is enough to sustain at least seven animals for two month.
Beneficiaries will be given information about how to use flexible feeding rates. Beneficiaries will be advised to ensure that their feed storage containers are sanitized to minimize the risk of contamination or deterioration.