Afghanistan’s agricultural sector faces enormous challenges, from abandoned orchards to broken irrigation and transportation infrastructure to lack of training and personnel. And yet, about 80 percent of the country’s population depends on it, either directly or indirectly. Strengthening Afghanistan’s agriculture sector is important for food security and income generation and is a key factor in building the confidence of the Afghan people in their government.
The Capacity Building and Change Management Program-II will strengthen the human and institutional capacity of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The program also helps the provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs) effectively deliver agricultural public services to farmers and herders. This assistance includes strengthening the linkages between MAIL and DAILs. The program will focus on key directorates within MAIL, 20 DAILs, and 50 district offices in Afghanistan’s agricultural region.
This three-year program commences on July 10, 2014 and is funded by USAID and implemented under the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance Leader with Associate Award by the International Executive Service Corps and the International City/County Management Association. The program builds on a previous United States Department of Agriculture-funded activity.
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