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1. SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Afghanistan assists the Afghan Government on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ offers a wide range of services to governments enabling them to perform reform measures, to private sector entities in order to lead economic growth, and to international institutions to implement their development objectives.
The BMZ has commissioned GIZ to implement the Sustainable Economic Development and Employment Promotion (SEDEP) Program in Afghanistan. Aiming to create employment opportunities and to support the increase of income, the project has a particular focus on the six Northern provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan, and Takhar. To achieve its objectives, SEDEP pursues a value chain approach for up to five agriculture-based products (poultry products, dairy products, wheat, almonds, and vegetable) and focuses on the following three fields of actions:
1. Promotion of Value Chains: interventions will strengthen technical, organizational and business management skills of actors in the value chains and their connections with each other.
2. Small-scale infrastructure: interventions support to rehabilitate micro infrastructure, in particular, irrigation systems and storage systems.
3. Dialogue mechanisms: interventions improve dialogue between public and private sector actors on the national, provincial, and communal level through various dialogue formats. The aim is to define, discuss and find viable solutions to 5 agricultural value chains specific constrains and challenges. This supports the government to establish a friendly business environment via incorporating key business concerns into relevant policies, strategies, regulations, guidelines.
The project’s main political partner is the Afghan Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC). Moreover, the project has strong linkages with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAIL), and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development on a political level, and the private sector organization Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) amongst others.