Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F)

Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development - Facility (CARD-F)

The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development - Facility (CARD-F) is a joint entity established under the auspices of the Agriculture & Rural Development (ARD) Cluster Ministries.  It is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD); the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF). This facility is managed by Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) chaired by the MCN and CARD-F is led by an Executive Director who reports to the IMC.


CARD-F Seeks to:

  • Increase legal rural employment and income opportunities through more efficient markets;
  • Reduce the risk of resurgence in poppy cultivation by creating commercially viable and sustainable alternatives for farmers;
  • Coordinate and integrate Government and donor support to agriculture and rural development;
  • Improve government capacity to deliver provincial and district-level programs 


CARD-F seeks to build prosperous rural and pastoral communities.  Its aim also reflects the objectives of the ARD cluster of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA). CARD-F will achieve this by developing Economic Development Packages (EDPs). These involve interventions to improve the performance and sustainability of agricultural value chains through investments in rural infrastructure, rural markets and on-farm and off-farm production.


Strategic Objectives           

  • Identify, expedite, coordinate and monitor the deployment of ARD Cluster ministries’ technical expertise so that EDPs can be implemented.
  • Develop CARD-F’s leadership, management, technical and operational capability so that it becomes a recognized centre of excellence within Afghanistan
  • Contribute to Government policy on agriculture, infrastructure and market development.
  • Improve the quality of development interventions for rural development.


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