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USAID, FAO launch 3-year agriculture development project

USAID, FAO launch 3-year agriculture development project

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Jan 16, 2018 - 18:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAIDinfo-icon), in partnership with the Food and Agricultureinfo-icon Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have launched the Promoting Value Chains–West project, a statement from the USAID said on Tuesday.

The project would promote inclusive growth and job creation in the agricultural sector by strengthening the capabilities of producers and private enterprises to effectively link Afghan farmers to domestic and international markets, the statement said.

Improving agricultural value chains would provide great potential for economic growth. The three-year project will support sustainable agribusiness and livestock development by increasing wheat productivity, improving production and profitability of high value crops, enhancing technology utilization in the livestock industry, and building the institutional capacity of provincial and district government agencies. FAO would implement the project in partnership with the Afghan Provincial Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock in the Provinces of Badghis, Farah, Herat, and Nimroz.

"Promoting Value Chains–West fits perfectly into USAID's agriculture strategy. We are working with private sector partners, such as processors and traders, to ensure that more Afghan farmers can sell their products for good prices, feed their families, and educate their children," said USAID Afghanistaninfo-icon Mission Director Herbie Smith.

Project beneficiaries would include small and medium enterprises (SMEs), input suppliers, private service providers, traders, millers and processors, and producer groups.

Promoting Value Chains–West would ultimately benefit a total of 39,900 small farm owners from 5,700 enterprise households.

“Sustainably improving Afghan lives through agriculture and food security is the main thrust of our work, and we are very happy to partner with USAID for this new project on value chains development in the Western region,” said Tomio Shichiri, FAO Representative in Afghanistan.

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