FAO Launches $10.6m Drought Resistance Project

Apr 10 , 2021

Over 117,000 households in the Afar, Somali, and Southern regional states are set to benefit from a 10.6-million-dollar project aimed at protecting pastoralists and farmers living in areas classified as drought-sensitive. The project, which is funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund, will entail the provision of drought-tolerant crop seeds as well as health treatment campaigns and supplementary feed for livestock. The Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will provide the beneficiaries with unconditional cash packages expected to cushion them from drought’s adverse impacts. The FAO is carrying out the six-month project in anticipation of drought in the regions due to a forecast of below-average rainfall levels for three months beginning March 2021.



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