Scope of Work

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock currently performs the following activities:

  • Policy and strategy formulation, implementation and impact assessment - supplying advice to government on the state of Afghan farming and its role in the economy; and proposing appropriate legislation and regulations and assessing the impact.
  • Information management and dissemination – collecting quality data and statistics on the agriculture sector and markets to enable better-informed decision-making from the central ministry to the farmers.
  • Disaster response – responding to natural disasters and helping farms and farmers recover.
  • Protection activities – undertaking border protection and providing quarantine services to keep Afghanistan free of unwanted pests and diseases.
  • Agriculture finance – providing money to farmers on favorable terms through the Agriculture Development Fund 
  • Government support programs – administering government assistance schemes.
  • Supporting community-based organizations – providing funds and resources to enable rural communities to undertake agriculture projects.
  • Communities and natural resource management – educating rural society in sustainable natural resource management.
  • Irrigation schemes – managing irrigation schemes to provide irrigation water to farmers.
  • Designing and managing construction of buildings and facilities
  • Disease control – surveillance of the health status of plants and animals, inspecting and eradicating unwanted plant and animal diseases.
  • Pest control – containing and then eradicating any unwanted new plant or animal pests that may enter the country.
  • Food security – monitoring household food security and establishing reserves of vital food supplies.
  • Agricultural research – owning facilities and carrying out research into all aspects of pastoral farming and horticulture, production and processing.
  • Extension – providing free advisory services to agricultural producers.
  • Demonstration farms – owning and running demonstration farms.
  • Education – providing agricultural high-school, technical, vocational education and training.
  • Certification, input quality control and food safety standards – establishing standards for agricultural inputs and food products.
  • Inspection/enforcement/compliance with standards – inspecting and testing inputs, facilities and food products.
  • Provision of inputs – providing farmers with inputs such as seeds, saplings, fertilizers and animals.
  • Diagnostic services - providing laboratory and diagnostic testing services for plant and animal diseases and for food safety, and conformity with specifications set by purchasers.
  • Animal health – provision of veterinary health services, animal reproductive services and products, vaccines etc.
  • Participation on producer/marketing boards – representing government on statutory organizations, setting prices for some products 
  • Private sector facilitation – providing awards/grants to facilitate private sector participation in the agriculture sector.
  • Core management and administrative processes to enable and support all the above.