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18 Sep 2018 description

By Yashpal Singh Saharawat

Parwan province – The lack of availability of quality seeds remains a constraint in Afghanistan, hampering agricultural productivity. Against this background, ICARDA recently reintroduced the concept of village-based seed enterprises, which was pioneered in 2004 and 2005. The business development project targets both men and women in rural areas where farming is the main income for households.

The seed enterprises are managed by farmers and aim to meet the location-specific requirements of quality seed of adopted varieties.

13 May 2018 description

How can fodder gaps in the water constrained provinces of Baghlan and Nangarhar in Afghanistan be reduced? What are the links between women’s empowerment and sustainable fodder production systems? These were two of the questions addressed during a week-long workshop in Amman, Jordan organised by The International Center for Agriculture Research (ICARDA), CSIRO and Murdoch University – in collaboration with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and KIT Royal Tropical Institute (KIT).

The Winter Forage Gap

09 Nov 2017 description

One of the key priorities of ICARDA activities in Afghanistan is raising the capacity of the country’s women farmers. With funding from AusAid, the Center recently conducted training with the staff and community members of Action Aid, an international NGO based in South Africa and working across 45 countries to tackle poverty. 

02 Aug 2017 description

ICARDA expertise helps countries transition after conflict has devastated their agricultural production systems. Lessons learned in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine could hold the key to future rebuilding efforts in Yemen and Syria.

The agricultural sectors of countries emerging from conflict often have to contend with a multitude of challenges: destroyed crops and food stores, weakened national seed production and distribution systems, damaged equipment, and degraded national plant genetic resources.

07 Mar 2017 description

Against the odds, a new agricultural outreach model targeting rural women is taking shape in Afghanistan – and delivering on its promise of empowerment, greater productivity, and higher incomes.

War and instability in Afghanistan have devastated a once-thriving agricultural sector. One fallout has been the hardship faced by Afghani women. As men continue to leave home – first to go to war and more recently to seek employment in Kabul and elsewhere – women have been left behind to take care of the household and land.

21 Dec 2015 description

The Afghan Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, H. E. Mr. Assad Zamir, lauds ICARDA’s work through the Community-based Agriculture and livestock Project (CLAP), funded by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The Minister highlighted the progress made in 2015 and ICARDA’s planned innovative activities for 2016 in his online post reaching wide audiences in the country.

31 Jul 2010 description

Workplans and budgets have been developed for a new project, Sustainable food security and poverty reduction in Afghanistan. The project is funded by the Netherlands government, and implemented jointly by Afghan partners, ICARDA and other international centers.

10 Mar 2005 description

"The benefits of new technology cannot be extended to farmers without research. The Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Food (MAAHF) is with you in bringing back the country on international agricultural map." With these words, H.E. Mr Obaidullah Ramin opened the third Steering Committee Meeting of the Future Harvest Consortium to Rebuild Agriculture in Afghanistan (FHCRAA) on 23 February in Kabul.