Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is one of the key ministries of the Afghan cabinet that work for nearly 80 percent of the population of this country.
Total Ministry staff in center and provinces, is 9,999.
Ministry's National Agricultural Development Framework (NADF) is aimed to meet the objective of poverty reduction and food security through economic regeneration, to which all NADF programmes contribute.
This ministry is led by H.E Mohammad Asif Rahimi assisted by three deputy ministers.
Ministry is currently undergoing a serious Change Management Process; reviewing its programme structure to meet the functions outlined in the Policy document of 2004, the Master Plan of 2005 and the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) strategy of 2008.
MAIL is in the process of transition from a traditional line ministry with direct involvement in production promoting activities including government farms and delivery of free extension and input provision into a modern, streamlined ministry providing public sector services and facilitating private sector development in the agriculture sector. This transition should be in line with the vision, mission and development objective (goal) of the agriculture sector which is set out in the February 2004 Policy and Strategy Framework and the Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy. These policy papers also clarify the respective roles of the government and the private sector in agriculture, which can be summarized as “The government will enable an environment for private sector production and marketing, intervening only where the private sector is not prepared to be engaged… or market failures”.
The process will encompass an increased focus on the public sector responsibilities and MAIL’s ability to provide the required services and interventions including: policy and strategy formulation, legal and regulatory framework, quality control and food safety, veterinary public health, standards and certification, and monitoring and evaluation.
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