A farmer's tale For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the festive season without food to share with our loved ones. But for farmers living in remote rural Afghanistan, finding food is not just a matter of celebration, it is a struggle for survival. That’s where you come in. This festive season, you can help farming families survive and thrive. Mohammad is just like thousands of other farmers living across Afghanistan. His family, along with so many others, relies entirely on natural resources to meet their daily needs. But decades of conflict, poverty, climate change and natural disasters have taken their toll on rural communities across the country, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to provide even the basic essentials for their families. “We live a simple life, but things for people living here have not always been easy. In the past, families have struggled to find enough food to feed their children... We work hard but it is difficult to make ends meet, especially during the winter months.” To make matters worse, despite Afghanistan being one of the smallest contributors to greenhouse gases (emitting as little as 0.1% of the global total), farming families like Mohammad’s are amongst the most vulnerable people in the world to natural disasters, extreme weather and the changing climate. Indeed, increasingly harsh winters, droughts and flash-floods are already having devastating effects on an already degraded resource base. These farmers will not give up. With support from Afghanaid, they are finding innovative ways to overcome these challenges, and adapt to an ever-changing and unpredictable world. One way Mohammad is reducing his vulnerability is by diversifying what his family grows and introducing simple but effective ways to get through the extreme weather that now inevitably comes with each season. You can give hope to someone like Mohammad, who may otherwise have been forgotten. Thanks to the ongoing kindness of our wonderful community of supporters, Afghanaid has been able to help people like Mohammad all year round, whatever the weather. In the last two years, we have provided over 21,100 farming families with vital support to strengthen their livelihoods and adapt to the consequences of climate change. 2019 has continued to be an incredibly challenging year for the people of Afghanistan and yet, despite the many challenges they face, I have never seen such determination. But they need support to turn this determination into an opportunity to make real change for themselves and their communities. And this could start with you. Together we have already achieved a lot, and our vision for next year is bigger than ever. We need your help to make that vision a reality. This Christmas, we are asking for you to give a helping hand to more vulnerable families next year, so together we can make 2020 the biggest and best year in the history of our organisation.