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Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility Phase II (Afghanistan)


Department for International Development UKAID

Titre : Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility Phase II (Afghanistan)

Pays : Afghanistan

Numéro du projet : GB-1-204122

Durée : 31/07-/2014 to 30/11/2018

Résumé du projet The aim of CARD-F, the Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility, is to increase legal rural employment and income opportunities through more efficient agricultural value chains and markets. It also aims to reduce the risk of resurgence in poppy cultivation by creating commercially viable and sustainable alternatives for farmers. Further aims include the coordination and integration of government and donor support to agriculture and rural development, and the improvement of government capacity to lead and coordinate donor initiatives to deliver provincial and district-level programmes

Présentation du projet
What support will the UK provide ? The UK will invest £30 million over four years in Phase 2 of the Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F) : • £26 million to support the delivery of “Economic Development Packages” focused on selected agricultural value chains and markets to increase legal rural incomes and jobs ; • £4 million on independent monitoring and impact evaluation to ensure that those Economic Development Packages (EDPs) provide maximum impact in a complex and conflict-affected environment.
The Danish Government will provide an additional £21 million to co-finance CARD-F Phase 2.
Why is UK support required ? The Afghan economy is highly dependent on agriculture, which contributes approximately 25%-30% of GDP. With agriculture generating more than 50% of employment and 84% of the poor living in rural areas, the agriculture sector is crucial for poverty reduction and job creation. Ensuring steady growth in agriculture is key to economic growth, but investments in the sector are needed to increase its value, reduce its volatility, leverage its potential to create jobs and improve incomes, and provide credible alternatives to opium cultivation. CARD-F supports the UK National Security Strategy for Afghanistan, in particular the objective of building a viable Afghan state. CARD-F’s objectives are consistent with those of the DFID Afghanistan 2011-2015 Operational Plan Pillar 4 on wealth creation, and with the recent Country Poverty Reduction Diagnostic which recommends that jobs and growth, including from agriculture, should remain central to DFID’s country strategy. CARD-F also fits well with the government of Afghanistan’s development priorities, including with National Priority Programme 2 on Comprehensive Agriculture Production and Market Development.
How will the support be delivered ? CARD-F is overseen by an Inter-Ministerial Committee currently chaired by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and including the Ministers of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock ; Rural Rehabilitation and Development ; and Finance. The Afghan-led CARD-F Management Unit, supported by a contractor providing technical support and financial oversight, is responsible for delivering the programme. Delivery of each EDP is contracted to an implementing organisation, including Afghan and international companies and NGOs, through competitive tendering. Separate contracts for monitoring and evaluation will run alongside the technical assistance contract to provide independent oversight of the programme, helping to improve performance and manage fraud, other fiduciary and programme delivery risks.
What results will be achieved ? CARD-F Phase 2 is expected to result in : • Increased incomes for producers and processors of higher value agricultural products, including an £88 million increase in income for those directly benefitting from EDPs ; • An additional 13,460 full-time equivalent jobs in agricultural production, processing and marketing, including at least 3,200 jobs for women.

Project budget : £29,750,000

Présentation : UKAID

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