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Ukraine: Emergency food security assistance through the provision of agricultural inputs in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Ukraine
Objective: To preserve the food security of the local rural population through the provision of inputs to sustain household production of nutritious food and improve livelihoods in the two regions. Beneficiaries reached: 22 217 households (59 000 people), of which 31 673 were female headed. Activities implemented: Distributed 250 tonnes of high quality potato seeds to 2 508 households in 55 villages. Distributed drip irrigation systems, a three-metric tonne water tank and rainwater collection system to 100 households with no or limited access to water. Distributed 1 255 tonnes of livestock fodder (125 kg per household) to 10 608 households. Distributed 55 tonnes of alfalfa hay to 68 households (800 kg per household). Distributed one-day old poultry (22 500 chicks, 20 000 ducklings and 20 000 turkey poults) and 50 tonnes of concentrated poultry feed (100 kg per household) to 2 823 households. Additional one-day old poultry were also provided to 2 753 households. Distributed three young rabbits and a set of rabbit cages to 502 households in seven villages of eastern Ukraine. Provided 150 bee colonies, five beehives each, a set of basic beekeeping tools (including honey extractors) and trainings on modern practices of honey production to 50 households. Provided educational leaflets on sustainable poultry breeding, beekeeping, sustainable rabbit breeding and an overview of the most common diseases affecting poultry and rabbits along with prevention information to 6 128 households. Provided 21 units of agricultural machinery to 16 cooperatives. Trained 264 farmers on cooperative creation, accounting, business planning, marketing, fundraising and food safety legislation. Impact: Produced up to 300 kg of potatoes per household for own consumption. Increased garden productivity and poultry odds of survival during their first days of life. Sustainably bred rabbits in backyard gardens. Created 14 cooperatives from farmer interest groups, including six cooperatives chaired by women. Ensured the survival of households’ livestock through harsh weather conditions. Provided households with source of nutritious food throughout the winter season. Nutrients received from the slaughtered poultry covered households’ basic needs in protein for up to seven days for a family of three.

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