Regional Agricultural Development Program-South (RADP-S)


  • Implementation period: October 2013 – October 2018
  • Project budget: $125 million

USAID Regional Agricultural Development Program-South (RADP-S) promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth for rural Afghans in Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. The program supports farmers and small and medium scale agribusinesses to improve production, processing and commodity sales. 


  • Food and economic security:
  • Train farmers in improved productivity and production practices, particularly in the wheat, high value crops and livestock sectors.
  • Improve market value chains so farmers can better respond to market demand.
  • Increase personal incomes and nutrition for farming families.
  • Post-harvest storage capacity: Increase volume of products available for off-season sales and consumption by improving post-harvest technologies, particularly packaging and warehousing.
  • Market-led agricultural growth: Improve market efficiency by identifying strong local agricultural firms to champion reforms, and helping those firms lead market growth.
  • Women in agricultural value chains:
  • Train women in production and post-harvest storage techniques, product value adding processes, and marketing techniques to sell outside their home.
  • Link women to other value chain actors and increase their nutritional awareness.
  • Focus project activities on improved women’s income, food security, and productivity.
  • Enabling policy and regulatory environment: Help the Afghan government draw up modern and enforceable agricultural regulations.
  • Improve public and private sector collaboration: Facilitate increased coordination between the private sector, civil society, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL), and provincial Directorate of Agricultural, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL).


  • Increase wheat productivity by 20 percent, high value crops by 35 percent and livestock farmer income by 20 percent.
  • Introduce new technologies, and improved farming techniques to 138,000 farmers.
  • Generate total sales of licit crops by $95 million ($5 million wheat, $85 million high value crops, and $5 million livestock) over the life of the project.
  • Provide benefits to a minimum of 15 percent women of total beneficiaries.
  • Increase the management and technical skills in 105 small and medium agribusinesses, of which at least 25 are in the wheat sector, 60 in the high value crops sector, and 20 in the livestock sector.  
  • Train 15,000 wheat farmers to use improved post-harvest handling techniques, and 40,000 high value crop farmers in improved-harvest techniques. 

Last updated: March 02, 2015

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