Research plans developed for Afghanistan project

July 31, 2010 at 7:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Afghan delegation (pictured here with ICARDA management) included the Directors of Agriculture from three provinces – Uruzgan, Nangarhar and Mazar

Workplans and budgets have been developed for a new project, Sustainable food security and poverty reduction in Afghanistan. The project is funded by the Netherlands government, and implemented jointly by Afghan partners, ICARDA and other international centers. Workplans for the 2010 season were developed at a 3-day workshop held at ICARDA headquarters last month, jointly with a team from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), including the Directors of agriculture and extension services in the main target provinces .

The project primarily targets Uruzgan province, but activities (and benefits) extend to much wider areas. The workplan includes research, technology transfer and capacity building components. New varieties of wheat, barley, chickpea, lentil, grasspea and potato will be tested at multiple sites in five provinces. Testing and dissemination will be supported by training programs and field days. The project will also help upgrade facilities at two national research centers in Afghanistan, and support farmer associations to produce seed and value-added plant medicinal products.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr Mir Amanuddin Haidari, Director General, Extension Services, said: “ICARDA’s team in Afghanistan is doing high-quality, high-impact work. MAIL is very keen to expand this collaboration, and we assure you of our full support for the project.”

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