Diversification of Agriculture in Baghlan Province
Title: Diversification of Agriculture in Baghlan Province
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock
Overall term: 2011 to 2014
In Afghanistan’s Northern province of Baghlan, agriculture is the most important element in the livelihood systems of almost 90 per cent of the population. Most agricultural produce is grown on fields that have to be irrigated.
In addition to this, rearing livestock is also important for most farms. It is essential for reasons of subsistence, as well as for earning an income, and for the barter trade between villages.
Smallholder farming households in the province of Baghlan are producing higher yields. Families’ nutrition has improved and agricultural produce is being sold in the local and regional markets.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is supporting the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture with the development of an extension centre for farmers in the Northern province of Baghlan.
Diversification is being pursued as a means of increasing the yields and incomes of smallholder farming households. Farmers have organised themselves into groups in order to participate collectively in the extension and training measures offered by the project.
Results achieved so far
The project works in 18 focal villages made up of 97 smaller settlements. It therefore reaches approximately 10,000 rural households. Separate groups of men and women are taking steps to improve the villages’ irrigation infrastructure and water management, to cultivate wheat and potatoes, to enhance the standards of cattle, sheep and poultry husbandry and to increase milk production.