The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has welcomed a 2-million-US dollar contribution of New Zealand to Afghanistan, FAO said in a statement yesterday. The contribution will fund a new FAO project to provide humanitarian assistance in the form of agricultural inputs and cash assistance to 94 500 vulnerable farmers in several Afghan provinces. Xinhua reports that the assistance will provide the farmers with a chance to plant wheat in low-lying parts of the country, or maize and high-protein legumes, like mung bean and chickpea.