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USAID national agriculture education conference concludes

USAID national agriculture education conference concludes

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Jul 17, 2019 - 18:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Hosted by USAIDinfo-icon and bringing together experts, a three-day “National Agricultureinfo-icon Educationinfo-icon, Research, Extension and Economic Conference” concluded here on Wednesday, a statement said.

Discussing current issues in agricultural education, research and extension, participants of the conference shared a common goal of developing solutions that will improve the lives of rural communities, farmers and herders.

The conference on July 15-17 endorsed the establishment of a National Agriculture Research and Education Council (NAREC), a platform for policy dialogue and technical cooperation between Afghan ministries and agencies, and development partners.

The NAREC will enhance coordination, collaboration and alignment in agricultural education and research. By the end of 2019, a clear roadmap that includes policies and procedures will be developed.

 “USAID is enthusiastic about supporting a forum where today’s Afghan youth will be part of the discussion to find innovative methods to resolve problems that the country’s farmers and herders face,” said USAID Mission Director Peter Natiello.

Participants included representatives from government and educational institutions such as the Ministry of Higher Education, Agriculture Faculties, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training - Authority, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Agriculture Research Institute of Afghanistaninfo-icon, private sector stakeholders, and all donor-funded programs working in the agriculture and education sectors.

USAID’s agriculture education project operates throughout the country, with activities in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar universities.

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