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Cherries are among the many dried fruits from Afghanistan that are sparking appetite around the world.

Afghanistan produces some of the world’s tastiest fruits and nuts, and these high-value food products are in great demand in international markets.  Buyers in Europe and Asia are looking to introduce quality Afghan agricultural products to their customers, and producers are eager to meet that demand. However, getting commodities to market presents a number of challenges, and USAID is assisting Afghan producers in the proper packaging and shipping of their goods.

Children in Nawa village in Kunar province collect water from a new tap installed by USAID.

In eastern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, infrastructure is poor and many villages lack good roads, access to clean water, and other basic necessities.  USAID and U.S. Forces are working together to ensure that Afghan citizens receive the development assistance that they need to improve their livelihoods and quality of life.  In insecure areas, this type of assistance shows local residents that the U.S. Government can improve their lives – winning hearts and minds.

Veterinarian Janan displays cashmere collected from Kandahar province at the Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFai

Afghanistan’s goats produce cashmere, which can be collected and woven into luxury clothing that is sold around the world.  At the USAID-supported Kabul International Fresh Fruit and Vegetable AgFair, cashmere experts including Afghan veterinarian Janan showcased high-quality cashmere from Kandahar and highlighted the southern province’s vast potential. 

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. 


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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