World Renew is supporting ZOA Afghanistan with four months of voucher transfers in Gosfandi, Sar-e-Pul province.
Lingering drought and increased conflict have resulted in widespread hunger across Afghanistan. Over 11 million people are currently estimated to be experiencing severe acute food insecurity. In Sar-e-Pul province, it is estimated that nearly 275,000 are experiencing crisis levels (IPC 3), which means families are waiting long periods between meals or meeting minimum food needs but only by depleting essential livelihood assets or through negative coping strategies.
The livelihoods of many people in this area have also been negatively impacted by drought, as 75 percent of households depend on rain-fed agriculture for crops and livestock survival. Due to conflict, farmers also did not have access to their land for planting and harvesting last year. As a result, over 80 percent do not have any remaining stored food during the current lean season.
In response, this project is providing 1,150 of the most vulnerable households (approximately 8,050 individuals) with three monthly cash-based vouchers to purchase food items and help meet their immediate food needs until the next harvest. The project also includes awareness raising workshops with participants on child rights and the negative consequences of gender-based violence. The budget is $500,000.