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Ex-Post Independent Evaluation of FAO’s Support to Integrated Dairy Scheme Development in Afghanistan - GCP/GLO/982/GER









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    Ex-post evaluation of the project "Development of Integrated Dairy Schemes in Afghanistan
    Project code: GCP/AFG/040/GER
    2022
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    This project aimed at developing the capacity of government partner agencies, cooperatives and unions, and beneficiary farming households on the management of resources and dairy sector productivity improvements. The evaluation found that FAO’s support at all levels of the milk supply chain was relevant to increasing production and productivity in the sector, increasing rural incomes, diversified livelihoods and consequently was relevant for the government’s dairy development strategy. The project delivered effective results along the dairy supply chain, with expansion of viable downstream industries providing reliable market outlets, together with more capable input suppliers and service providers supporting improved on-farm productivity, that allowed farmers to increase their milk sales with most of the income returning to women. Nevertheless, adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts were absent. The project achieved increasing incomes and improving livelihoods in project provinces which influenced the government strategy for further developing the industry throughout Afghanistan. The dairy unions and service providers continued to operate profitably more than a decade after project closure due to the ownership structures and operational capacities developed by the project; the IDS model was replicated in other provinces with similar results and demonstrates sustainability of the model.
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    Empowering women in Afghanistan: reducing gender gaps through Integrated Dairy Schemes 2015
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    Milk and dairy products are crucial for the daily food security and income generation of Afghan families, and women play an important role in the related activities. Since 2005, FAO is implementing the Integrated Dairy Schemes (IDS) Project, with financial support of the Afghan, German and Italian Governments and IFAD. The aim of the project is to improve food security in Afghanistan by supporting the national dairy sector. The Rural Infrastructure and Agro-industry and Social Protection Divisio ns of FAO, in collaboration with the FAO Representation in Afghanistan, undertook a detailed assessment to investigate the in depth impact on rural Afghan women and their families of the project. The assessment identified lessons learned and actionable recommendations to inform the design and implementation of gender-sensitive and inclusive dairy programmes. This publication draws on the evidence gathered during the implementation of the Project on the multiple benefits on gender equality and wo men’s empowerment. The IDS can be seen as a first stepping stone for a large number of rural women to start establishing a better place for themselves in the Afghan society.
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    Afghanistan and FAO: Achievements and Success Stories 2011
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    Afghanistan became of member of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1949. With some of the world’s highest levels of under nutrition and poverty, the Afghan government has focused national efforts on improving the livelihoods for all sections of the rural community based upon economically viable activities – food production, off-farm employment and trade. FAO in Afghanistan supports the rehabilitation and development of the agricultural sector and assists the country towards becoming food secure and self-reliant. Specifically, FAO seeks to: a) assist vulnerable farmers resume their livelihoods; b) improve food security and nutrition; c) ensure sustainable management of natural resources; d) promote sustainable agriculture and rural development; e) contribute to the generation of viable alternative livelihoods; and f ) build capacity in the agricultural sector at national and local levels. The Organization plays a leading role in the UN’s coordination of assistance to agricul ture in emergency and rehabilitation situations. FAO is the co-chair of the food security and agriculture cluster, and the FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Unit (ERU) seeks to initiate agricultural rehabilitation and prepare the pathway towards development. Donors to FAO’s programme in Afghanistan include Belgium, the European Commission, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, UN Mission, MDG-Spain and the government of Afghani stan through loans and grant from World Bank and IFAD. FAO has also contributed resources for the development of agriculture in Afghanistan from its own resources under the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP). Three areas of cooperation are highlighted in this publication: the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure, improved seed production and distribution, and increased production of dairy products including milk and eggs.

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