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Acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Saleem Khan Kunduzi and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry visit the booth

“Afghanistan has sparked the interest and the appetite – literally the appetite – of the world,” said U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on the opening day of the USAID-supported Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair.  The AgFair, held from May 20-22, attracted an estimated 50,000 people to forge business deals and celebrate Afghanistan’s abundance of fresh produce ranging from pomegranates to spinach.

Newly introduced cartons hold five to six kg of produce, resulting in less pressure in the cartons and a reduced loss of produce

Afghanistan grows an abundance of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables.  Some crops, like Afghan pomegranates, are considered the best in the world.  Consequently, export opportunities are increasing, with companies selling their harvests to regional countries like the UAE, India, and Turkmenistan. 

Kuchi nomads learn to comb their goats to collect valuable cashmere.

Afghanistan’s nomadic Kuchis have lived off their livestock for centuries.  Until recently, however, they were unaware that their goats produced cashmere – a valuable, renewable product that can be sold domestically and abroad.  To help the Kuchi people earn essential income by selling cashmere, USAID launched Afghanistan’s first training program on cashmere harvesting.

Community Cultural Center volunteers distribute information about access to justice, legal rights, and women's rights in Parwan

As Afghanistan’s justice system matures, it offers citizens numerous options for legal recourse when their rights are violated.  However, many people, especially women, do not know their legal rights or how to use the formal justice system.  Additionally, many do not know where to turn when they face legal problems that could be effectively solved through the courts or community mediation.

The 4,000-term Glossary of Dari and Pashto Legal Terminology.

A lack of legal reference materials has hampered the development of rule of law in Afghanistan.  As legal terminology and practice evolved over the past few decades, Afghanistan’s lawyers and judges found themselves without proper dictionaries and legal texts in their own languages

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Last updated: October 24, 2016

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