Agriculture project connects a remote community with Afghan government representatives
22 NOVEMBER 2011 | GHOR, AFGHANISTAN
The project answered a primary community grievance and positively affected the livelihoods of the entire community.
Located almost 150 km from the provincial capital, Lal Wa Sarjangal is a remote district in Ghor Province.
Communities in the district depend on the sale of agricultural products for their livelihoods. Due to its remoteness, the local government has had difficulty addressing community priorities and grievances in this district. During seasonal rains, water in Sar Boghandi Village was wasted due to a lack of storage. As a result, the community requested USAID funding to rehabilitate a storage dam and irrigation canal to store a sufficient amount of water to meet the community’s needs.
In an effort to strengthen ties with the local government and improve the livelihoods of the community in the village, USAID provided funding to rehabilitate a storage dam and irrigation canal. The community successfully completed the project in July 2011, in cooperation with the Provincial Line Department of Agriculture. The project brought the community and the local government closer together, raising the profile of the government, an important factor for long-term stability in the area.
According to the head of the Community Development Council, the project: “Improves the livelihoods of our community and strengthens its ties to the local government.”
Project implementation and coordination with the local government played a positive role in improving the economic conditions in Sar Boghandi Village. Improving the agricultural infrastructure and answering a primary community grievance has been an effective means of strengthening the stability of Lal Wa Sarjangal District.
Last updated: January 12, 2015