Milk and dairy products are crucial for the daily food security and income generation of Afghan families, and women play an important role in the related activities. Since 2005, FAO is implementing the Integrated Dairy Schemes (IDS) Project, with financial support of the Afghan, German and Italian Governments and IFAD. The aim of the project is to improve food security in Afghanistan by supporting the national dairy sector. Since its inception, four milk processing plants have been set up in Herat, Kunduz, Mazar-i Sharif and Kabul: they are operating independently and successfully. Over 5 700 smallholder farm families, including 1 540 women, benefit on a daily basis from the regular “milk money”.
In 2014, FAO undertook a detailed assessment to investigate the in depth impact on rural Afghan women and their families of the project. The assessment identified lessons learned and actionable recommendations to inform the design and implementation of gender-sensitive and inclusive dairy programmes. This publication draws on the evidence gathered during the implementation of the Project on the multiple benefits on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Integrated Dairy Schemes (IDS) can be seen as a first stepping stone for a large number of rural women to start establishing a better place for themselves in the Afghan society.
Please find the link to the publication Empowering women in Afghanistan. Reducing gender gaps through Integrated Dairy Schemes www.fao.org/3/a-i4585e.pdf
Senior Gender Officer,
FAO Social Protection Division (ESP)