- Implementation period: October 2013 – October 2018
- Project budget: $125 million
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Regional Agricultural Development Program-South 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.
- Strengthen agricultural value chains – from each stage of production from farm to market – so farmers can increase production and subsequently market their products.
- Increase personal incomes and raising awareness among farming families to on proper nutrition and balanced diets.
- Post-harvest storage capacity: Increase volume of products available for off-season sales and consumption by improving post-harvest technologies, through improved packaging, on farm storage and warehousing.
- Market-led agricultural growth: Improve market efficiency by identifying strong local agricultural firms to champion reforms, and help those firms lead market growth.
- Women in agricultural value chains:
- Train women in production and post-harvest storage, packaging and other methods as well as and marketing techniques to sell outside their home.
- Increase women’s awareness of diversified diets and balanced nutrition.
- Enabling policy and regulatory environment: Assist the Afghan government to draft modern and enforceable agricultural policies and regulations.
- Improve public and private sector collaboration: Facilitate increased coordination between the private sector, civil society, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock, and provincial Directorates of Agricultural, Irrigation, and Livestock.
- Established and operationalized 78 demonstration farms where farmers learn about agricultural practices and improved technologies.
- Trained more than 28,000 wheat and other high value crop farmers on improved production and post-harvest practices.
- Established and operationalized 42 Veterinary Field Unit (VFUs) in the South. The VFUs have vaccinated and provided other health services for more than 100,000 animals.
- Provided training to more than 3,000 women on improve grain storage technologies and balanced nutrition.
- Assisted 11 agribusinesses to improve management skills, increase marketing and sales.
- Assisted ministry officials to draft the Public Private Partnership Policy and to develop the National Livestock and the National Horticulture policies.
Last updated: September 30, 2015