Japan provides $63m for Afghan irrigation, rural access
The Japanese Embassy in Kabul in a statement said the funding, contributed through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), would support two on-going projects.
The two projects --- Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP) and Afghanistan Rural Access Project (ARAP) --- are essential to meet the country’s needs to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan and the recurrent cost expenditures of the Afghan government, the statement said.
The assistance from Japan is to co-finance IRDP project to improve the irrigation systems and the broader water resource management in Afghanistan as well as people’s access to services.
The statement said the contribution would help increase agriculture productivity in the project areas.
The funding is also to co-finance ARAP project, which will help rural communities to benefit from all-season road access to basic services and facilities through rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads and infrastructure.
Over USD 33 million will be added to the operating budget of the government of Afghanistan through the Recurrent Cost Window of ARTF, facilitating continuation of the government’s service delivery to the Afghan people.
Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields, ranging from security to economic and social development sectors including agriculture, rural development, infrastructure and human capacity development.
The cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to USD 6.131 billion.
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