Client: U.S. Agency for International Development
Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Solutions: Economic Growth
With plans for key infrastructure investments such as electrification and regional airports hubs, the farmers and agribusinesses of eastern Afghanistan are well positioned to take part in the country’s growing economy and benefit from expanding international trade opportunities. However, challenges such as unreliable irrigation, poor cultivation techniques, a lack of knowledge about accessing new markets, and limited opportunities for women all contribute to reduced productivity and profitability in the region’s agriculture sector.
The Regional Agricultural Development Program – East (RADP-East), funded by the United States Agency for International Development, will work to address these issues by using a value chain facilitation strategy to improve crop yields and find new outlets for rural Afghan farmers to sell their harvests, thereby increasing the food and economic security of the region.
DAI will take a flexible and gender-sensitive approach in implementing the program, emphasizing collaboration with local Afghan partners in analyzing existing value chains and training farmers, agribusinesses, and financial partners on methods to increase production and revenue.
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