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Alternative Development and Alternative Livelihoods Program Expansion North and West (ADP/SW) project (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan

Alternative Development and Alternative Livelihoods Program Expansion North and West (ADP/SW) project (Afghanistan)

Country : Afghanistan

Sector : Agriculture and Food Security

Project Timeline : 03/05/2008 - 03/04/2011

Project description

The Alternative Development Program/Northern Region (ADP/N), implemented by AECOM (formerly the Planning and Development Collaborative [PADCO]), is designed to shift the region’s economy from illicit to licit production through assistance to current and potential opium poppy producers and communities. In FY 07, ADP/N will continue work through three main components : cash-for-work, formation of and support for sustainable enterprises (on-farm production, agro-processing businesses, and marketing support), and enhancing the investment environment in targeted areas with improved infrastructure (roads, bridges, irrigation systems, private/public institutional support and capacity building, and business services). AECOM provides services through a series of subcontract mechanisms to both local and international organizations. To increase the region’s productivity and promote equality, ADP/N gives special consideration to including women in project activities. By providing opportunities to increase income from licit activities, ADP/N helps the Government of Afghanistan meet its goal of reducing and eventually eliminating opium poppy production, processing, and trafficking. The goals of the ADP/SW project are to increase agricultural sector jobs and incomes and to increase the confidence of Afghans in their government. Along those lines, ADP/SW activities have been designed to address the following activities : 1) increase agricultural productivity ; 2) regenerate agribusiness by increasing linkages between farmers, markets and trade corridors ; and 3) rehabilitate watersheds and improve irrigation infrastructure through labor-intensive erosion control and reforestation activities, infrastructure repair and training. ADP/SW also works with provincial level Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock staff to help build their capacity to deliver services to farmers and herders and promote the private sector and farmer associations. Specific activities include improving high-value agriculture value chain production through input distribution and training in agricultural production and post-harvest handling ; increasing linkages between farmers, markets and trade corridors, including export markets ; infrastructure improvement such as urban market structures, feeder road rehabilitation, storage facilities, and irrigation ; and cash-for-work support for on-farm and post-harvest storage, agricultural facilities, irrigation, etc

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