|The Mazar catchment site is being rehabilitated in this |
community-based project (Photo: J. Rizvi)
This community-based project is working on social and conservation aspects of water catchments in dryland areas to demonstrate efficient use of natural resources. The research is directly involving farmers and other key stakeholders through community-based catchment learning sites and participatory processes.
|Women from Mazar receive training on setting up pistachio nurseries (Photos: J. Rizvi)|
|Community members dig terraces and plant pistachios (Photo: J. Rizvi)|
|Women visiting herbal remedies producers in Nangarahar province (Photos: J. Rizvi)|
This project hopes to contribute towards the sustainable economic wellbeing of a large number of rural poor in Afghanistan, through increased productivity and the rehabilitation and efficient use of natural resources. It is expected to reach out to more than 20,000 female and male farmers.
Partners: The project was established by ACIAR and AusAID, with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). The commissioned agency is ICARDA. Other supporters are the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). The project team works with MAIL through its Agriculture Research Institute of Afghanistan (ARIA), Dryland Farming Unit (DLF), Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL), Department of Forestry, and Department of Natural Resource Management. Other partners are Solidarités International, Sustainable Land Management Institute (SLMI) at Bamyan University, and Baghlan and Balkh Universities. This partnership between research and development organisations will engage the wider rural-development community and build links to markets and the private sector.
By Dr Javed Rizvi, Project Leader and Country Program Manager of ICARDA in Afghanistan
ACIAR project LWR/2008/047- Integrated catchment management and capacity building for improving livelihoods in Afghanistan
ACIAR's research strategy for Afghanistan
Land & Water Resources research program