Afghanistan

Assisting the population of the Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, in providing for themselves

Attachments

People of the Yakawlang district increase their income and are given access to alternative rural activities

Context

Insecurity and drought have had a serious repercussion on, among other things, Afghanistan's agricultural systems. In the Yakawlang district, where animal breeding remains a primary economic activity, a large part of livestock was lost, mainly due to the sale of animals to face the ongoing crisis. Irrigation network had not been maintained and around 20% of irrigable land was not in use. Moreover, the lack of input (seeds/fertiliser/pesticides) and knowledge had limited the level of crop production. The project was thus conceived with the aim of providing the minority Hazara group, found predominantly in the province of Bamyan, with the necessary means to increase their traditional source of income and also develop new sources of alternative income.

Objectives

  • The goal of the project was to contribute to rural development through the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructures, improvement of agricultural practices and development of the rural economy.

Impact

  • The immediate and most tangible impact of this initiative was the increase of irrigated land by almost 10%.

  • Almost 150 families benefitted from the increase of irrigated land and by the end of the project, agricultural production had increased by 15% thanks to training and small-scale trade.