DCA has been present in Afghanistan since 1988, focusing its interventions to herders and pastoralists communities’ resilience and enabling them to achieve long-term, inclusive and equitable development. DCA is currently implementing several livestock development and humanitarian program in 29 Provinces of Afghanistan. In 2021, we were able to benefit more than 586,000 vulnerable Afghans in building their resilience.
DCA’s mission is to reduce poverty and increase food security for the people of Afghanistan by protecting the livelihoods assets and building resilience. Our livelihoods approach sits at the nexus of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding, and focuses on building resilience in a conflict-setting. DCA’s community driven approach is built upon four major pillars: food security and livelihoods improvement, extension, value chain development, and institutional capacities. Together, these four fields of activity constitute a powerful mix to drive our mission. Gender equality and one health (the interface between human, animal and environmental health stressing on new pandemics and epidemics such as COV-19) will continue to be our fundamental guiding principles.
Afghanistan is in the midst of a severe economic crisis, likely to exacerbate food shortages and other forms of hardship for vast swathes of its population. FSAC (2022) reported that over 24 million people of Afghanistan either fall under IPC phase 3 or above due to a number of complex crises including the COVID-19 pandemic, drought, change of government, and collapse of the banks. The livestock sector that drives food security and livelihoods of 80% of the population and the source of transformation and inclusive growth are most affected. More than 41% of the population reported a decrease in the number of livestock while other analyses indicated more than 60% of the livestock are under critical conditions due to feed shortage, animal health and market failure requiring urgent response (food security cluster, 2021). This provides strong justification for IFAD’s response for continuing engagement in the country.
Rural Poor Stimulus Facility - Afghanistan (RPSF) project contributes in addressing these challenges with a focus on the nomadic Kuchi and smallholder milk producers bearing in mind the disruption in their access to veterinary services, animal feed and access to markets especially for the perishable dairy products as a result of the COVID pandemic. In this scenario 60,000 Kuchi households and 4,350 milk collectors and sellers along the Kabul, Herat, and Mazar milk value chain would be benefiting from the project. The project targets Parwan, Kabul, Logar, Khost, Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktiya, Herat, Balkh and Baghlan Provinces.
Major Components of RPSF Project are:
- Provision of inputs and basic assets for production
- Facilitated access to markets
 FSAC - Food Security and Agriculture Cluster of Afghanistan
 IPC - Integrated food security phase classification
 Food Security Cluster (2021), IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis, Sept 2021-March 2022, Issued in October 2021.