Building Resilient Communities for Sustainable Development in rural Afghanistan

Afghanistan is among the most exposed countries to climate change. Prolonged drought and progressive reduction of water reserves put at risk the survival of traditional livelihoods. By integrating innovative agriculture techniques and improving the management of natural resources, this project aims at promoting the resilience of rural communities. Climate change adaptation is key for the food security, and represents an institutional priority for the Swiss international cooperation.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural development
Household food security
Agricultural water resources
01.07.2023 - 30.06.2026
CHF  5’700’000
Background Afghanistan remains one of the most longstanding and complex crises in the world. 28.3 million Afghan, two third of the population, are dependent from the international assistance to meet their basic needs, while 17.2 million are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity. The ongoing humanitarian crisis is further exacerbated by the climate change impact on the traditional rural livelihoods.
Afghanistan is among the countries the most exposed to climate change and least prepared. In a country where the large majority of the population lives in rural areas and rely on the agricultural sector, the effects of climate change (prolonged drought, decrease of rain and snowfalls' levels) put at risk the food and water security of millions of people. With the rapid demographic growth (+2.3% yearly), access to water is becoming a potential source of conflict among communities.
Objectives To promote the self-resilience and resilience of households and communities adversely affected by climate change in rural Afghanistan.
Target groups Rural communities across nine provinces of Afghanistan: Bagdhis, Balkh, Ghazni, Herat, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Nimroz, Zabul.
Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: shock-affected households have improved capacity and resources to subsist (produce for self-consumption) or generate an income in a resilient manner

Outcome 2: shock-affected communities have strengthened capacity to manage natural resources sustainably

Outcome 3: the capacity of shock-affected communities to manage localised conflict over natural resources is enhanced

Outcome 4: Those experiencing harm benefit from improved community safety, wellbeing, self-coping capacities, and access to services.


Expected results:  

  • Improve and diversify households' food security and income sources
  • Rehabilitate and upgrade climate smart infrastructure
  • Increase the technical capacity of existing community structures to better manage natural resources
  • Strenghten the capacity of local conflict mitigation mechanisms to address disputes over natural resources
  • Improve communities' access to protection information and services


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • International Rescue Committee UK (consortium partners: Danish Refugee Council, Stockholm Environment Institute, and four local NGOs)

Coordination with other projects and actors The project complements Swiss portfolio on climate-resilient rural livelihoods expanding to 8 new provinces currently not covered by the on-going projects (CERRA; FASL; SLSD).
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’700’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’425’000 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    17’100’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   5’700’000
Project phases Phase 1 01.07.2023 - 30.06.2026   (Current phase)