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Cameroon: Belgium’s contribution through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Belgium improve the food security and nutrition of flood-affected populations through cash+










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    Bangladesh: Belgium contribution through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) 2022
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    Through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA), the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium contributed USD 500 000 to FAO to mitigate the adverse impacts of two waves of devastating flash floods (May–June 2022) on the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable farming and fishing households. With Belgium’s generous support, FAO will provide 11 200 flood-affected farming and fishing households (56 000 people) with time-critical production inputs. The planned emergency assistance packages will enable the affected communities to restore their livelihoods, and increase crop and aquaculture production. The Central Emergency Response Fund will complement this project by funding interventions to support the livestock sector. This document provides a brief description of the current context of the intervention and highlights the importance of the contribution in enhancing the resilience of flood-affected communities.
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    Malawi: Belgium's contribution through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) 2024
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    Since late-2023, Malawi has been affected by the El Niño phenomenon, which is typically associated with drier conditions in the country. In March 2024, the President of Malawi declared a state of disaster in 23 out of 28 districts due to the significant decline in food production. Almost 2 million farming households have been affected, representing over 9 million people. Moreover, conditions have severely damaged crops and prospects of food production, with approximately 749 113 ha of maize crop affected, representing 44.3 percent of national crop area. Other key crops impacted include rice, soya beans, cowpeas and groundnuts. To mitigate the negative impacts of El Niño on people’s lives and livelihoods, the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium, through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, contributed USD 500 000 to support the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' (FAO) response. FAO aims to provide emergency cash-based assistance to 3 000 vulnerable farming households in two of the geographical locations most affected by El Niño, Machinga and Mangochi. This support will enable 13 500 people to meet their basic food needs, protect their productive assets (livestock) and have their agricultural production restored against the impacts of El Niño.
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    Sri Lanka: Sida’s contribution to the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) – Anticipatory Action window 2022
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    Sri Lanka is witnessing an unprecedented economic crisis. Challenges in public finance and the significant reduction in agricultural production compounded by rising prices and limited availability of fuel are disrupting livelihoods. The depreciation of the national currency by more than 70 percent since March 2022 is reducing households’ purchasing power, which may lead to food shortages in the upcoming months, severely affecting populations’ food security. Crop production of the 2021/22 Maha agricultural season (October–March) was nearly halved, and due to insufficient and increased costs of inputs, only a few farmers were able to cultivate their fields for the 2022 Yala season (May–September), leading to further production declines. Thanks to the contribution of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) to the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) – Anticipatory Action window, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is acting now and will provide unconditional cash transfers to the most vulnerable smallholder farmers in Sri Lanka, with the goal of anticipating and mitigating expected food security impacts of the economic crisis. Cash is expected to help farmers cover immediate needs and meet the cost of inputs for growing highly nutrient green gram.

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