- Implementation period: February 1, 2010 - December 30, 2016
- Project budget: $45,296,184 off-budget
The Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) works with Afghans to increase the yield and quality of prized crops – pomegranates, apples, almonds, grapes, apricots and melons – and open up new export channels for these products on the global market. CHAMP supports and facilitates each stage of the market process to improve the quality of Afghan horticultural products, from farm to market. CHAMP’s agribusiness activities stimulate growth in Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, create jobs, improve livelihoods, and boost the economy. CHAMP was active in 17 provinces in central, eastern, southeastern, and southern Afghanistan until the end of 2014.
The Cooperative Agreement was extended until December 2016, at cost of $ 4.9 million. During this extended period, CHAMP’s focus will be reduced to six provinces (Kandahar, Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Logar and Wardak Provinces), and the component on Establishment of New Orchards and Vineyards Trellising is eliminated.
- Improve pre- and post-harvest methods to handle fresh fruits according to market requirements.
- Link farmers with traders, and traders with domestic and international markets.
- Facilitate the export of selected fresh and dry fruits to regional and international markets.
- Improve the performance of new and existing businesses.
- Provide employment opportunities for women.
RESULTS TO DATE
- Benefitted 37,900 Afghan households through activities ranging from establishing commercial orchards to exporting high quality produce.
- Planted more than 2.85 million fruit saplings and grape cuttings and established 6,170 hectares of fruit orchards and vineyards in partnership with 19,500 Afghan farmers.
- Supported more than 600 hectares of vineyards with trellising, doubling crop yield and income for more than 2,900 farmers.
- Established more than 870 community-based Farmer Field Schools with over 12,000 members (of which more than 900 are women).
- Trained more than 107,000 farmers (of which 3,000 are women) on improved agriculture techniques, including planting, fertilization, irrigation and disease and pest control.
- Trained more than 6,900 apricot producers in sulfur drying (including 1,900 women).
- Established trade offices in Dubai and New Delhi run by Afghan companies that are contributing to a sustainable platform for Afghan agricultural exports beyond the life of the project.
- Supported traders to adopt global packing standards by introducing corrugated cartons and plastic containers to reduce damage to fruit.
- Supported the participation of Afghan businessmen and businesswomen in exhibitions such as the Dubai’s Gulfood Exhibition (from 2012 to 2015) and the India International Trade Fair (from 2010 to 2013) to open up new markets for Afghan produce.
- Facilitated the export of 32,500 metric tons of fresh and dried fruit and nuts worth an estimated $34.5 million to international markets including Pakistan, Bahrain, Canada, India, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Saudi Arabia.
- Constructed over 230 raisin-drying facilities and cold storage rooms, and mainstreamed sulfur drying of apricots to help farmers reap the highest profit from their harvests.
- Generated more than 7,550 permanent full-time jobs in areas such as pre-harvest and post-harvest handling as well as exporting.
Last updated: September 30, 2015