Conflict-affected families in E. Ukraine to get 1 mln USD in agricultural support from FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will provide those affected by conflict in eastern Ukraine with day-old chickens and animal feed worth 1 million U.S. dollars, the organization said Monday in a press release.

“A total of 930 households are being provided with 30 chickens each of dual-purpose breed, which can be raised for either meat or egg production. Each family also receives 10 kg of specialized starter feed and a complete, step-by-step guide to keeping young poultry,” the FAO said.

“A total of 28,000 chickens and 9,300 kg of feed are being distributed to 22 villages in the Donetsk oblast and 11 villages in the Luhansk oblast from 5 to 14 August 2019,” said the release.

The five-year-long conflict in eastern Ukraine has severely affected the agricultural sector and the socio-economic status of the rural population, as access to farmland is cut due to widespread mine contamination, according to the UN organization.

Since 2015, the FAO has supported about 47,000 households located along the “contact line” through different types of agricultural resources, including young poultry, animal feed and vegetable seeds, among others.

The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine broke out in April 2014.