Strenghtening Afghanistan Institutions' capacity for the Assessment of Agriculture Production and Scenario Development

Training on Provincial Agro ecological Zoning


Introduction: Strengthening Afghanistan Institutions capacity for the Assessment of Agriculture Production and Scenarios Development project aim to develop technical skill of governmental stakeholder’s staff. Developing more efficient and sustainable agricultural systems to feed the future is a key challenge. The main objective of launching agro-ecological zones (AEZ) in Afghanistan has been to formulate policies and strategies for sustainable and diversified use of natural resources and investments to harness production potential. The AEZs will enhance agricultural efficiency through better planning for climate-smart agriculture.


The government and associated stakeholders will be able to adapt to the unique zonal requirements and amend cropping systems according to water availability, soil and climatic conditions and market demands.That includes land characteristics, topography, land use, soil and water analyses, weather and climate, yield, and profitability which can lead to making recommendations towards “what” should be grown “where” and “when”.


To fulfill such goals, the project organized three days’ training workshop on provincial agro-ecological zoning and basics of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing along with launching of the National Agro-Ecological Zoning Atlas from July 12th to July 14th 2020 in Nangrahar Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Directorate office for the Laghman, Nangrahar and Kunar technical staff and Directors.


Training workshop objectives;


The main objectives of the training Workshop were to:


a)     In this training workshop aim is existing best practices, policies and scientific innovation in the region and addressed the challenges for the adoption of agro ecology, as well as strategies to overcome these challenges.


b)     To explore the idea of agro-ecological zoning and their features and interactions particularly in every region of Afghanistan.


c)     Improve the quality of skills training being provided by project staffs


d)     Improves skills on the Geographical Information system and Remote Sensing and


e)     Take decisions for the better strategic planning and choosing projects with help of National Agro-ecological zoning data


The expected result was to determine clear recommendations for existing projects on how to contribute to the elimination of poverty and food security and understanding agriculture trends.