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    Capacity Development of the Irrigation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
    GCP/AFG/078/JICA - Management response to the final evaluation report
    2017
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    The FAO and JICA-funded project “Capacity Development of the Irrigation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” was designed to improve the capacity of the Irrigation Department to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate agriculture irrigation development projects. The results of this Final Evaluation set a sound foundation for the management of the irrigation sector as it contributed to enhance Irrigation Department’s staff skills, knowledge and awareness, as well as to develop an Irrigation Database useful to support the Department’s decision-making process. The project also contributed to the policy dialogue setting the basis for a future institutional transformation and governance development. This could be achieved in the long-term through further dedicated interventions which could also support the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in clarifying the roles and responsibilities for all water management-related institutions, as well as in developing and including a gender approach in its interventions.
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    Rehabilitating and Upgrading Irrigation and Water Resources in Afghanistan - UTF AFG 067 2018
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    The Western Basins in Afghanistan have significant potential for agricultural intensification. Decades of civil unrest have impeded maintenance and repairs to the existing irrigation systems of these basins, and the entire canal networks are in urgent need of rehabilitation and upgrading. Against this background, the project aimed to support the rehabilitation and upgrading of irrigation and water resources in Pashtun Zarqhundistrict, Hari Rudriver basin, in order to improve rural livelihoods and increase household incomes of farmers of this district. The project was part of the larger “Western Basins Water Resources Management Project”, funded by Asian Development Bank.
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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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