New video available on YouTube

River of milk -- Afghan dairy farmers prosper

Within the project Development of Integrated Dairy Schemes in Herat Province, the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) is pleased to present the recently released video titled River of milk -- Afghan dairy farmers prosper.

Produced by FAO, the video shows the impact of inclusive dairy SME’s organized and set up under the guidance of FAO on villagers livelihoods, incomes and job creation.

Here, thousands of dairy farmers have formed  cooperatives that are not only helping them earn more money, but provide more food and jobs for their families and stabilize communities.

Thanks to this project, to date, 12 new dairy co-operatives have been set up, a feed mill established and generating income, and a new milk processing plant set up and producing a range of safe quality milk and dairy products for consumers.

AGS, as Lead Technical Unit for this project, provides technical advice and support in the set up, development and management of inclusive and sustainable dairy enterprises. Using an Integrated Dairy Schemes (IDS) approach community-based, targeted investments in dairy industry development ranging from inputs and services provision to co-operative formation, organization and dairy enterprise set up and management are put in place. A major focus is on developing national capacity (public and private) for future sustainability.

The result is increased household food security, additional income and jobs. The model is being replicated in two other areas of Afghanistan and is to be upscaled in future Government of Afghanistan/IFAD interventions.

For more information on the project, contact the FAO Senior Dairy Advisor in Afghanistan: or the AGS Lead Technical Officer: