FAO Enters into Partnership with UNHCR to Help Afghan Refugees in Iran

The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) office in Iran has entered into partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in an attempt to improve livelihood of Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic.

At a ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday, the UNHCR’s Representative in Iran Sivanka Dhanapala announced FAO’s membership in SSAR (Strategy Solutions for Afghan Refugees ), a training program which outlines the need for increased voluntary repatriation and enhanced resettlement of the refugees.

“These trainings would, over time, enhance refugees’ financial, human and social capital and will better prepare them to find a sustainable durable solution, either in their own country or elsewhere” FAO Representative to Iran Serge Nakouzi said during the event.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is contributing significantly to support a large community of Afghan refugees hosted in the country offering them with various livelihoods opportunities, recognizing the need to empower them to earn a decent living and to positively contribute to the society during their stay in Iran.

Considering the peaceful coexistence of Afghan refugees and Iranians in the host community, FAO is working on another project called “School Gardens for Better Nutrition in Iran for Afghan Refugees” that sees schools as golden opportunities for children of both the host community and the refugee community, to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for them to develop into healthy, self-reliant and productive members of society.

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