The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and the World Bank approved three projects totaling $793 million for this country.
Today, Saturday June 4, 2022, the World Bank in a statement announced that all three projects will be implemented off-budget out of the Taliban administration’s control, through United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.
The World Bank added that the the projects are designed to assist women and girls benefit from project activities.
“The Afghanistan Emergency Food Security Project will help in the production of food crops for smallholder Afghan farmers and prevent the further deterioration of food security,” the statement added. “The project will focus on wheat production, supporting about 300,000 households in the November 2022 planting season and another 300,000 households in the March-November 2023 planting season.”
Additionally, the Afghanistan Community Resilience and Livelihoods Project with $265 million budget will help provide short-term livelihood opportunities and deliver urgent essential services in rural and urban areas. The project aims to provide livelihood and income opportunities for one million households in 6,450 rural communities across Afghanistan and the cities of Bamyan, Herat, Jalalabad, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, and Mazar-e-Sharif.
The third one is the Afghanistan Health Emergency Response Project having $333 million budget will focus on increasing the utilization and quality of essential health services in Afghanistan. The project aims to deliver basic health, nutrition, and COVID-19 services in partnership with national and international service providers, in more than 2,300 health facilities across the country.