Following decades of conflict, Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest countries. High unemployment and low incomes shape the economic landscape. Every year, 500,000 additional young women and men enter a labour market that offers a bleak outlook. Faced with this lack of prospects, many Afghans consider leaving their home country.
The economic situation in northern Afghanistan is difficult. As in the rest of the country, well over half of Afghans work in informal agricultural jobs with low wages. By providing business development and employment promotion programmes on behalf of the German Government, GIZ is helping to create jobs in the region and to offer people a livelihood and prospects. By spring 2017, over 33,000 people will have benefited from the programmes. Many of them are dairy farmers who have been able to increase their milk production and help revive the Afghan dairy industry. Others, such as Ahmad Sayar Muqim, are benefiting from tailored continuing professional development services. Today, he works as a production manager at the Pakiza Dairy in Mazar-e Sharif.