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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 5:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States congratulates Afghanistan on the successful arrival of 468,000 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine, from the AstraZeneca Serum Institute, on March 8, 2021.  This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced the provision of an initial $2 billion—out of a total planned $4 billion—to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, making the United States the single largest contributor to COVAX.  Afghanistan is among the first countries in the region to have received COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.

“The United States stands with Afghanistan in its fight against COVID-19, which poses an unprecedented global health threat,” said U.S. Charge d’Affaires Ian McCary. “Defeating the pandemic is a global challenge and the United States is working both at home and abroad to stop the spread of the disease.  Working together, we can defeat COVID-19 and prepare ourselves for future threats.”

Afghan Agricultural Exporters Prepare for World's Largest Trade Show
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 12:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will support 29 agribusinesses, including five exhibiting for the first time, to showcase Afghanistan’s finest dried fruits, saffron, nuts, spices, honey, and juices at the exhibition from February 21 to 25.

USAID, Roots of Peace Conclude Ten-Year Afghan Horticulture Program, Announce Three-Year Follow-On Project to Support Agribusiness
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has concluded a ten-year program aimed at improving livelihoods for Afghan farmers and boosting high-value fruit and nut exports. The USAID Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) was launched in 2010 at a time when Afghan farmers were struggling after decades of conflict. Afghanistan's fruit and nut exports were minimal and many Afghan agribusinesses lacked the basic skills and business linkages to reach international buyers.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. Embassy Hosts ‘Youth and Peace’ Roundtable for 120 Young Afghan Leaders
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 2:30pm

The Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy Karen Decker hosted more than 120 Afghan youth leaders for an open forum to discuss the priorities of youth in the peace process. Young leaders from government, civil society, private sector, and universities attended the day-long dialogue convened by USAID. Participants took part in roundtable discussions with peers focused on leveraging opportunities to participate in the national dialogue on peace and ways to involve youth from Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.


Last updated: November 19, 2021

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