Caritas project with German 4,7 m € fund to support year-round food security in Northern and Western Afghanistan

Caritas international, in cooperation with its partners Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Cordaid, will implement the project “Mitigating Migration Causes by Strengthening Local Coping Strategies in Afghanistan” in Balkh, Bamyan, Daikundi, Ghor and Herat provinces. The project is funded by the German Federal Government with a grant of 4.700.000,00 Euro and set to run for 34 months beginning in 2016 and ending in 2019.

As part of the project, small agricultural schools will be founded to teach new agricultural methods to local communities in order to help improve crop yields

As part of the project, small agricultural schools will be founded to teach new agricultural methods to local communities in order to help improve crop yields(© Caritas Germany)

Over the course of the last decades, over 5 million Afghans have left their country. A survey conducted by the Asia Foundation in 2015 found that 40% of those questioned would leave if they had the means to do so. Most cited unemployment, corruption and insecurity as reasons for their wish to emigrate.

The project aims at improving standards of living for families in rural areas

The project aims at improving standards of living for families in rural areas(© Caritas Germany)

A long-term solution for the problem of mass immigration is the creation of a sustainable local economy, creating job opportunities within local communities.Germany) A large percentage of the population in the project area depends on agriculture to ensure their livelihood. Hence, one of the main goals of the project is ensuring year-round food security and access to clean water for local communities. It aims at improving agricultural conditions, and provides training to enable the rural communities to support themselves.

Source: German Embassy in Kabul

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