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Transforming Lives

Shakila, 20, the owner of 70 small ruminant herds in Aqcha district of Jowzjan province

Twenty-year old Shakila has never enjoyed the casual warmth and style of a cashmere sweater. “Keeping goats and sheep for more than a decade I honestly didn’t recognize its value,” she told an interviewer visiting northern Jowzjan province recently.

Roya with two of her nine children at her bakery in downtown Kabul

Roya, a 40-year-old mother of nine, is the sole provider for her children. She works throughout the day to bake the distinctive Afghan flatbread known as naan in a windowless room. Her face is swaddled in a covering both white with flour and dark with soot.

Zakia Roshan, operations manager at Mazatoo Food Production

Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.

Abdul Hadi, farmer in southern Kandahar

Abdul Hadi has been farming for almost 10 years in his Southern Kandahar village. Tending his crops, however, was always a struggle because of the decrepit irrigation infrastructure available to the area. “Less than half of the farmers could afford to irrigate their farmland by water-pumps and the rest of the lands were left barren. Even some of the farmers were obligated to leave their villages”, Hadi asserted during a rare break from surveying his crops. The winter is particularly difficult for Hadi because like most area farmers, he cannot grow and is forced to purchase imported vegetables from Pakistan.

Beneficiaries in a training session.

Two-wheel tractors are changing the landscape for Afghan farmers in more ways than one. They're changing the types of crops farmers grow, the cost to grow them, and the amount of income from crop sales and agricultural services.


Last updated: October 11, 2017

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