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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 1:30pm

Kabul, Afghanistan – Today, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of Afghanistan (MAIL) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed agreements to roll out new agricultural projects and extend a few ongoing initiatives.  This partnership will contribute to the Government of  Afghanistan’s new strategy toward a “farmer-focused” approach to develop the country’s agricultural sector.

Agriculture is critical to Afghanistan’s food security and a key driver of economic growth.  U.S. assistance to Afghanistan’s agricultural sector focuses on creating jobs, increasing incomes and productivity, enhancing food security, creating export markets and strengthening the Afghan government’s ability to promote broad-based growth.  Through implementation of the new projects and the extended ones, MAIL and USAID will continue to collaborate on projects that involve:  production and marketing of high value horticultural and livestock products; rehabilitation of irrigation canals, and greater use of agricultural technologies.

USAID Recognizes Forty Afghan Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 5:15pm

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley recognized the contribution of a group of 40 companies from Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif that - in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program - have invested $24.7 million in expanding their businesses with the expectation of creating 2,400 new jobs over the next several years. On average, they have contributed almost $5 for every $1 USAID has contributed.

USAID Promote Musharikat National Summit
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:00am

H.E. CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 10:00am

USAID's Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project in collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education and the Private Schools Union of Afghanistan organized a one-day Access to Finance Business-to-Bank Roundtable and Exhibition on Financing the Education Sector in Kabul on May 1st, 2016.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:00am

USAID's Capacity Building and Change Management Program II (CBCMP-II) is installing solar power systems for three District Agriculture Offices in Nangarhar that will provide renewable and uninterrupted electricity.

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan - The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA) project and the Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance recognized 100 professional women who successfully completed a six-month Women in the Financial Sector Internship Program.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan - The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) held the first Respectful Maternity Care National Planning Workshop to foster a shared understanding of the problem of disrespect and abuse in maternity care. Ministry officials engaged partners and stakeholders to mutually identify mechanisms to promote Respectful Maternity Care approaches within existing services for mothers and children.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:15am

Mazar-e-Sharif, April 11 – The USAID funded Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program conducted a ceremony to express appreciation to 35 of its Afghan partners in public-private alliances in the Northern region. The ceremony held in Mazar on Sunday, April 10, recognized the contribution of a select group of companies that - in collaboration with the ABADE program - have invested more than 3 million dollars in expanding their businesses to create 700 new jobs over the next several years.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 8:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Credit Enhancement Program - II (ACE-II), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) is supporting the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) to provide long-term loans for the First Microfinance Bank (FMB) and the Afghan Rural Finance Company (ARFC) to fund expansion of their lending activities to Afghan farmers and to small- and medium-size agribusinesses. 

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 8:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan — The 4th Annual TEDxKabul event took place on March 30th and 31st at Kabul University, with the speaker line-up including two participants from USAID’s Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program.

Ms. Zohra Wandaa and Ms. Parisa Jamshidi, both from Herat, are recent graduates of the USAID leadership development course curriculum. In addition to successfully completing the training requirements, the two women, along with some of their classmates, launched an anti-street harassment campaign to educate the public on how to treat and respect women.

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Last updated: March 08, 2016

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