DATES: July 2012 - July 2017
PARTNERS: Roots of Peace
The objective of the AGRED program is to provide extension and advisory services to Afghan farmers and build the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIRoA) Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs) to sustainably develop and deploy technology and knowledge solutions and provide extension and advisory services. AGRED activities will be carried out through two program mechanisms: a technical support contractor will provide technical support services and capacity building to MAIL in support of MAIL-implemented AGRED activities, and an on-budget activity to be implemented by MAIL. The contractor will also serve as a monitoring and oversight body on behalf of USAID for the MAIL-implemented activities under AGRED on-budget activity to be implemented by MAIL. AGRED on-budget activities will be implemented by MAIL’s Directorates of Research and Extension. The four main program components of AGRED are: (1) more effective communication to the Afghan farm community in terms of public outreach and education regarding agricultural best practice and technology (e.g. improved technology and knowledge transfer and provision of advisory services in fifty districts); (2) improved applied research and extension infrastructure in seven target subnational research stations and fifty target districts; (3) training and capacity building of research and extension staff to deliver services to Afghan farm communities; and (4) applied research and extension grants to support and sustain Afghanistan’s capacity to improve production in its agricultural economy.
Last updated: September 25, 2013