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Agriculture

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Our Work

Agriculture provides food security, a source of income, and stability to countless Afghan families. USAID partners with the private sector to increase food production, and expand the reach of Afghan agricultural goods to bolster job creation, and boost Afghan families’ incomes. Some 4.4 million Afghans have benefitted from USAID’s agricultural work since 2002.

Major Highlight

To address the food security situation in Afghanistan, USAID deploys rapid impact activities in support of livelihoods and food security, including the launch of an aggressive set of interventions to enable farmers to increase production of staple crops. This involves a minimum of 50,000 farmers in the production of legumes, wheat, rice, and a mix of nutritious vegetables. This is expected to result in the production of 53,000 metric tons of food, enough to feed 1.8 million Afghans.

USAID Connects Farmers to Domestic Markets & Improves Product Shelf Life

USAID tracks domestic market prices for targeted crops at the wholesale level.This price information is used to develop market trends and opportunities for connecting buyers and sellers across the country. Seasonal price fluctuations are relayed to farmers to help grow crops based on market data. USAID has also been exploring opportunities for investment in the expansion of small-scale and mobile cold storage facility use in Afghanistan, in addition to static small-scale solar powered cold storage systems to improve shelf life and post harvest handling. USAID is also assessing a number of small-scale ambient storage facilities for storing fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, flour, rice, and other staple crops for support.

USAID Helps Increase Staple Crops Production & Livestock Productivity

USAID supports farmers in areas with the greatest needs through agricultural input packages for growing food security crops such as wheat, vegetables, soy, and beans. Similarly, USAID supports livestock farming households with inputs such as feed, seed, tools, and equipment as well as assistance related to milk handling and packaging, and animal feed formulation.

Last updated: August 05, 2022

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