In 2008, after an unusually cold and snowy winter, the spring rains failed across northern Afghanistan, causing the worst drought in 40 years for local farmers in the desert province. This resulted in near-total crop failure. Many farmers had sold their assets to invest in what they had expected to be a very good cropping season, so they had nothing to fall back on.

This case study explains how Tearfund organised an emergency cash-for-work project in 18 villages and highlights the key questions that were asked to ensure the project was effective.

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