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Programme for the Increase of Agricultural Production by the Improvement of Productivity in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Programme for the Increase of Agricultural Production by the Improvement of Productivity in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Full title of the project:

Programme for the Increase of Agricultural Production by the Improvement of Productivity in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Target areas:

Balkh, Takhar, Kunduz Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 11 860 031
Implementation:
05/06/2010-04/06/2011
Project code:
OSRO/AFG/004/JPN
Objective:

To support and improve the food security of 39 000 vulnerable farming families affected by high food prices and drought through the provision of basic agricultural inputs such as certified wheat seed, fertilizers, vegetable seeds and metallic silos.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, local government institutions and national and international non-governmental organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

43 350 farming households.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 1 990 tonnes of wheat seed, 39 000 vegetable seed kits (including tomato, capsicum, eggplant, okra, beans, squash, onion, carrot, cauliflower and cabbage) 1 990 tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate and 3 980 tonnes of urea fertilizers to 39 000 households.
  • Distributed one post-harvest metallic storage container/silo and wooden pallet each to 43 450 households.
  • Provided training on wheat cultivation, vegetable production and metallic silo use to 318 government and NGO staff, who, in turn, trained nearly 30 000 beneficiaries in the topics covered.
Impact:
  • The seeds and fertilizer distributed under the project enabled the cultivation of 15 920 ha of crops, producing an average yield of 137 kg per ha – nearly a 28 percent increase as compared with local varieties and production techniques.
  • The metal silos provided to farmers enabled them to safely preserve their grains for future use and has also encouraged the dissemination of improved seed varieties through farmer-to-farmer exchange/trade.