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Worst winter in decades devastates Afghan livestock

FAO says vulnerable families need urgent help (© FAO)
FAO says vulnerable families need urgent help

Afghanistan's livestock sector has been badly hit by the harshest winter weather in 30 years. Extreme cold has killed over 300,000 animals since December 2007 and FAO has distributed 80 tonnes of feed and feed concentrate to the worst-affected provinces of Herat and Bamyan. Winter crops have also been damaged and high prices of fuel, vegetable oil and cereals have compounded the distress, leaving many families with severely restricted access to food.

The UN agency requires an additional 1500 tonnes of feed and vaccines, multivitamins and anti-parasitic treatment for livestock of 50,000 vulnerable families, in an emergency response package costing around US$2 million.

"The situation is very worrying," said Samuel Kugbei, acting FAO representative in Afghanistan. "Livestock are a lifeline for many of the affected households, whose food situation is already precarious. Without assistance, they risk even greater food insecurity."

Date published: March 2008


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