Project Description

Afghanistan’s chronic food insecurity and weak infrastructure suggest there is enormous potential for food-for-work projects across the country. Food shortages resulting from recurrent droughts have been exacerbated by the political turmoil of recent decades, and as a result, Afghanistan has been reliant on food aid to make up its national deficit. Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty with a crumbling infrastructure and a landscape that is suffering from environmental damage. Afghanistan ranks 171 out of 188 countries in the 2015 Human Development Index, mainly due to war and insecurity. Afghanistan’s population of 26.5 million has been striving to re-establish political, economic and security frameworks conducive to development. A severe slowdown in economic growth between 2011 and 2014 contributed to the fact about 39 percent of Afghans live below the poverty line, with vast differences in living standards between city-dwellers and those in the countryside where two-thirds of the population resides. Unemployment increased to 22 percent between 2013 and 2014. Issues of gender-based violence, access to health care, education and food security persist. About 33 percent of the total population – some 9.3 million people – are food insecure, according to the 2014 Afghanistan Living Conditions Survey (ALCS2014). Among them, an estimated 3.4 million (12 percent) are severely food insecure, and 5.9 million (21 percent) are moderately food insecure. Physical insecurity is a major and growing concern. Insurgent activity and military operations have affected food security in some regions, especially in areas prone to natural disasters and high food insecurity. This has also undermined reconstruction efforts and restricted humanitarian interventions.

Conflict, uncontrolled grazing, pastureland encroachment, illegal logging and the loss of forest and grass cover have worsened drought conditions and reduced agricultural productivity. In the light of above stated reasons, STARS intends to implement this project in order to increase food security level among the most vulnerable population, through the distribution of food among the poor people in 3 districts of Wardak Province.

The project will ensure it gives vulnerable rural households a unique opportunity to build infrastructure and basic livelihood to improve their lives and food security of communities in 3 districts of Wardak province.

The project aims at addressing food insecurity, building resilience against shock and short term and three months job opportunities for young generation of the affected communities in Wardak Province. The project targets an estimated 2,034 Recipients, particularly the poorest of the poor families, living in Sayed Abad, Daimir Dad and Chak districts in Wardak Province. Assistance will help affected households to meet their immediate and long term food need.

As per the aim of the World Food Programme’s protracted relief and recovery operation,

(WFP-PRRO 200447) is to enhance food security among vulnerable people. The specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Respond to the food-security needs of Economically Stressed, Most Vulnerable People, IDPs and Returnees affected by Conflict, and People Affected by Natural Disasters in 3 districts of Wardak Province.

The detail objectives of the project are to:

  • To meet the urgent food and nutritional needs of dwellers in 3 districts of Wardak province whose food security has been adversely affected by their displacement from Pakistan and Iran.
  • Support the recovery of communities affected by shocks.
  • Overall, a total of 2,034 Recipients in Wardak Province will benefit directly from this project through receiving three months mixed food ration. STARS will be responsible for distribution of food through food distribution committee for the period of 3 months in all 3 districts of Wardak province.

Free food was provided to 7070 vulnerable beneficiaries who were in desperate need of assistance and this can described as achievements.

Outcomes:

  • Increased food security status of 2,034 (STARS in close consultation with WFP outsources monitoring team and local communities can target up to 15% the most vulnerable women headed families, aged people and disable for three months free food distribution) vulnerable households using immediate and long term sustainable livelihood interventions that can improve lives and support greater financial inclusion.
  • The key program output is:
  • 2,034 beneficiaries supported with 4 Metric tons of mixed food distribution.

STARS will create job opportunities directly for 2,034 persons for three months and addition to 26 persons of project program staff.

–          Submission of a detailed project work plan to WFP for approval
–          Signing MoUs with line departments and creating a monitoring task force for the project
–          Assessment of the target locations and introduction of the project to targeted   communities and people.
–          Developing/refining the beneficiaries selection criteria in close coordination with WFP
–          Selection of beneficiaries as per the criteria
–          Undertaking the mobilization process of the project which will include Logistics, set up of sub offices, and hiring project staff.
–          Distribution Food- monthly basis for 3 months
–          The daily supervision will be conducted by STARS.
–          Monthly reports will be submitted to WFP, any additional informations will be prepared whenever requested by WFP.
–          Completion report will be prepared during one month of the project completion date.

Let WFP know which types and number /scale of activities to be undertaken and we will calculate the amount of food to be provided to participants.

Table of Activities:

Note: This is the real volumes and units for the project activities and the number of the involved labors for the 3 months ESRP project.

Activities Target Outputs #Laborers Estimated Total

Workdays

# Workdays per labor Estimated time to complete Project
# Unit
Repairing and Rehabilitation of secondary roads. 107.35 Km 2,034 90 30 2 Months from March to May 2017

STARS has selected Wardak province to implement the WFP food distribution assistance project  which is planned to be given to the most vulnerable beneficiaries who cannot meet their food needs to reduce food insecurity and improve livelihood condition.

In the second project of WFP free food assistant, STARS covered four districts (Behsood1, Behsood2, Daimir dad and Jaghato) of wardak province.

The proposed activities directly benefit 1,510 households in four targeted districts of Wardak Province; special emphasis has placed on project activities benefitting most vulnerable households.

Due to security reason a free food was provided to 1510 vulnerable beneficiaries who were in desperate need of assistance in Wardak Province.  STARS has successfully implemented distribution of food through food distribution committee for the period of 2 months in all 4 districts of Wardak province.

Project name Economical stressed rural population (ESRP- Food)
Project overall goal To reduce  food security and improve livelihood condition
Report period 1 November -31 December 2017
Donor WFP
Location Wardak
Start date 1 November 2017
End date 31 December 2017
Total budget (USD) 14933
Total direct beneficiaries disaggregated by(male and female or boys and girls) 1510 families

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