Training programme gives staff skills for accurate data analysis to address food shortages in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) - supported by the EU-funded MAIL Transition Project, managed by Landell Mills – has recently delivered a 5-day training course on monitoring of food security to 55 participants in Kabul, including 26 government officials.

Approximately 1.6 million people, or 5% of the Afghan population, are currently in need of urgent food assistance. Collecting data on the status of food availability forms an important part of an overall strategy to address food shortages in Afghanistan. The training course has been developed to build the capacity of government employees in the analysis of reliable food security data in Afghanistan and forms part of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Level 1 training programme.

H.E Hamdullah Hamdard, the Acting Technical Deputy Minister of MAIL and Extension Director said, “I acknowledge the advantage of having a skilled and highly trained IPC technical working group which carries the IPC process in the country successfully without the presence of any expat consultant for IPC in Afghanistan.”

Participants took part in the first stage of the Level 1 training programme. They will also attend an analysis workshop and sit an online test to complete their certification. The project aims to have at least 20 Level 1 and five Level 2 IPC certified staff from government employees by the end of 2018.