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Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:30am

Dubai, UAE – Twenty-six exporters of Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, juices, saffron, and spices are showcasing their products for international buyers at the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show—Gulfood Expo Dubai—from February 16 to 20. For the 10th consecutive year, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the participation of Afghan agribusinesses.

“Expanding sales of Afghan products in these important export markets means better incomes for farm families, dignified jobs for Afghan women and men, and increased revenue for government,” said USAID/Afghanistan Mission Director Peter Natiello. He added, “The U.S. government, through USAID, remains committed to support Afghans in their quest for peace and prosperity.”

Women-owned businesses are participating as exhibitors and observers to boost their prospects for export through important international hubs for regional food exports, such as Dubai. The event offers an extraordinary opportunity for Afghan exporters of high-end produce to get a foothold in lucrative overseas markets.

2019 Survey of the Afghan People Reveals Citizens are in Support of Peace Negotiations
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Asia Foundation-Afghanistan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the 15th annual Survey of the Afghan People (the Survey). First launched in 2004, this year the Survey gathered the opinions of more than 129,800 Afghans across the country on elections, corruption, security, women’s rights, service delivery, the economy, migration, and peace and reconciliation. It is the broadest and longest-running nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions.

USAID Helps Afghan Women Enter the Banking Sector
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 10:30am

A total of 150 young Afghan women celebrated their graduation today from USAID’s Women in Commercial Banking (WICB) program during an official ceremony attended by the Executive Directors of the Afghanistan Banks Association, the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan, the Afghanistan Microfinance Association, and representatives from private banks, microfinance institutions, insurance companies and other stakeholders.

USAID Supports Young Innovators Tackling Agriculture Problems
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 3:30pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the first Afghanistan National Young Innovators in Agriculture Competition, an activity aimed at engaging Afghan students in tackling the problem of post-harvest loss in high value crops. In Afghanistan, farmers lose more than a third of their harvest before it reaches the consumer.

Afghanistan Trade Event Drives Over $55 million in New Business
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 3:30pm

The 2019 “Passage to Prosperity: India – Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show,” supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), saw Afghan firms sign deals and pre-contract agreements valued at over $55 million. In particular, the exhibition yielded benefits for the agricultural sector, which generated $46 million in new business. Non-agricultural sectors signed more than 30 pre-contract agreements valued at approximately $9.8 million.

Third Annual Passage to Prosperity India-Afghanistan Trade Show Opens with USAID Support
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass joined representatives of the Indian and Afghan governments and private sector in launching the third annual Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan International Trade and Investment Show, September 24 – 26, 2019. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsors the annual exhibition of premier Afghan products to stimulate India-Afghanistan trade and facilitate economic development in Afghanistan. The three-day event is open to businesspeople September 24 – 26 and the general public September 25 – 26.

USAID Launches Toolkit to Help Afghan Business Women
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 3:30pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) introduced a new toolkit for Afghan businesses, especially women-owned businesses, during a September 19, 2019 event in Kabul. An estimated 150 representatives from Afghanistan’s business development service providers and the private sector attended.

U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Afghans
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 3:30pm

The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees. This brings the total U.S. funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response to nearly $190 million, including for Afghan refugees in the region.

Over 100 Women in Mazar-e-Sharif Ready for Afghan Civil Service
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 11:30am

132 women completed USAID’s Afghan Civil Service training program. This program equips women with the knowledge and skills to successfully serve the Afghan people in the civil service and begin a career in government.

USAID Launches National Agricultural Education Conference
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

USAID hosted the National Agriculture Education, Research, Extension and Economic Conference on July 15-17, 2019 to bring together experts to discuss current issues in agricultural education, research and extension. Participants share a common goal of developing solutions that will improve the lives of rural communities, farmers and herders.

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Last updated: September 10, 2019

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