Sustainable Livelihoods and Social Development (SLSD)
Widespread poverty, weak institutions, and scarce public services characterize the environment in the South East of Afghanistan. The project aims to improve the livelihood and resilience of resource-poor and smallholder farmers in the provinces of Paktia and Khost, through improvement of agricultural production, natural resource management, market linkages and through strengthening agricultural service delivery. The project covers a region, which has been deprived of other donor support.
Agriculture & food security
Agricultural services & market
Agricultural land resources
- 4’560 farmers have increased their income by 20% through agricultural production improvement
- 259 hectares of rain-fed land has been converted into irrigated agricultural land and the irrigation system of 612 hectares of land has been improved, benefitting 7’338 farmers
- 3’600 people have received access to clean drinking water and hygiene education
- Watershed management and reforestation activities resulted in the rehabilitation of 37 hectares of forest and pasture
- 1’302 farmers are applying natural resource management and disaster risk reduction measures to protect their assets e.g. agricultural land, irrigation canals, etc.
Despite high urbanization rates, Afghanistan remains an essentially rural society; an estimated 70% of the population lives in rural areas and 61% of households depend fully or partially on income derived from agricultural activities. Up to one-third of the Afghan population faces food insecurity.
Khost and Paktia provinces are situated in the South East of Afghanistan bordering with Pakistan. Both provinces show higher than average levels of poverty and food insecurity. Due to the instability in the region, few development actors are present and public services are limited.
|Objectives||Livelihood and resilience of resource-poor and smallholder farmers are sustainably improved.|
The project will reach out to over 12’500 resource-poor and smallholder farmers in 25 districts in Khost and Paktia province.
Additionally, 2 staff of PAIL, as well as 25 staff of DAIL, will be engaged in project implementation and their capacity will be strengthened.
The project will establish 10 CB-NRM associations.
Outcome 1: Productivity of resource-poor farmers ‘income generation activities’ is enhanced
Outcome 2: Community-based natural resource management (CB-NRM) associations halt degradation and manage common natural resources sustainably
Outcome 3: Productivity of smallholder farmers’ land-based agriculture is improved
Outcome 4: District Agriculture, Irrigation Department (DAIL) and Provincial Agriculture, Irrigation Department (PAIL) are strengthened to support resource-poor and smallholder farmers and deliver agricultural services
Output 1.1: Private sector is involved in the sale and processing of livestock and horticulture products
Output 2.1: NRM improvement plans are implemented
Output 2.2: CB-NRM associations are established and functional
Output 3.1: Horticulture productivity is increased
Output 3.2: Linkages with relevant private sector associations are established
Output 3.3: Water management/irrigation associations are established
Output 3.4: Improved crop varieties are introduced
Output 4.1: DAIL/PAIL staff are equipped with the necessary internal resources to visit and support farmers
Output 4.2: DAIL/PAIL staff positions are filled as per the tashkeel
Output 4.3: DAIL/PAIL staff are trained theoretically and practically
Tashkeel refers to the staffing structure of approved governmental staff positions
Results from previous phases:
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
National: Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Afghanistan National Nursery Grower Organization
District and province: PAIL, DAIL, Provincial Development Councils, District Development Assemblies, Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development as well as with universities
Projects: Agriculture Services and Livelihood Improvement (ASLI) project and Rangeland Management (RAMA) project
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 7’350’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 3’042’849|
|Project phases||Phase 3 01.08.2019 - 31.07.2023 (Current phase) Phase 2 01.06.2016 - 31.07.2019 (Completed) Phase 1 15.05.2013 - 31.05.2016 (Completed)|