WFP Afghanistan Country Director Louis Imbleau (centre) handing over three four-wheel-drive vehicles and an array of emergency preparedness equipment to the Deputy Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Mohammad Tariq Ismati (left) and the Director General of the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority, Mohammad Daim Kakar (right). Photo: WFP/Silke Buhr
In a country faced with recurring natural disasters and the effects of decades of conflict, it pays to be prepared for any eventuality. WFP and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to bolster the country's emergency preparedness measures.
WFP today consigned a selection of equipment to the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) to support the Afghan government’s emergency preparedness and response efforts.
“Unfortunately, natural hazards and shocks are facts of life in our country,” said Mohammad Tariq Ismati, Deputy Minister of MRRD. “There is probably hardly a community in Afghanistan that hasn’t received WFP’s help in the past decades.”
“WFP, with its global experience of emergency response, stands by to assist Afghans in need of humanitarian assistance, “explains Louis Imbleau, WFP’s Country Director in Afghanistan. “But we’re also here to share our expertise in emergency preparedness with the Afghan government.”
The equipment donated by WFP to ANDMA included two four-wheel drive vehicles and emergency preparedness kits destined for the 11 provinces deemed to be most vulnerable to natural disasters.
“This equipment will help us to operate better in times of emergency,” affirmed the Director General of ANDMA, Mohammad Daim Kakar.
The kits included IT equipment to facilitate emergency communications, generators, and temporary storage tents. WFP will follow up with emergency logistics and IT training for key Afghan staff at the ministry and ANDMA in the coming months, as well as training exercises for trainers who will roll out emergency preparedness simulations at the regional and provincial level.