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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Sviluppo agricolo
Sicurezza alimentare domestica
Risorse idriche in agricoltura
01.07.2023 - 30.06.2026
CHF  5’700’000
Contesto 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.
Obiettivi To promote the self-resilience and resilience of households and communities adversely affected by climate change in rural Afghanistan.
Gruppi target Rural communities across nine provinces of Afghanistan: Bagdhis, Balkh, Ghazni, Herat, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Nimroz, Zabul.
Effetti a medio termine

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.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • 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


Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • International Rescue Committee UK (consortium partners: Danish Refugee Council, Stockholm Environment Institute, and four local NGOs)

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori 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 Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    5’700’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’425’000 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF    17’100’000 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   5’700’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 01.07.2023 - 30.06.2026   (Fase in corso)