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

Introduction:

The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) is one of the key agricultural and rural development programs of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA). CARD-F aims to increase employment, income and business opportunities for rural masses through the design, facilitation and implementation of commercially viable agricultural value chains supplemented with rural infrastructure projects in the target provinces of Afghanistan.

As a model of cross-ministry collaboration, CARD-F is governed by an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that consists of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the Ministry of Finance.

Funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and Danish Fund (DANIDA), CARD-F provides needs-based support and services to facilitate growth in legal rural income and employment by providing alternative livelihood opportunities.

Mission:

CARD-F’s mission is to identify, design and implement agriculture & rural development interventions that have the highest potential and contributions toward the economic growth and economic development of Afghanistan in the most transparent, fair, and equitable manner and to achieve the best value for money for donor funds.

Objectives:

The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) follows the below objectives:

  • Increase licit rural employment opportunities and income;
  • Stimulate private sector investment in agriculture sector in Afghanistan;
  • Transform agriculture from subsistence to commercial;
  • Strengthen selected agriculture Value Chains in Afghanistan;
  • To enhance capacity of rural agriculture communities to adopt new technologies and practices and substitute imports; and
  • To facilitate improved cohesion, collaboration and effectiveness of line ministries in supporting the development of agriculture and rural development sector.

Our Approach:

CARD-F identifies challenges as well potentials that exist in Agriculture Value Chains. It designs and implements comprehensive and inclusive interventions which are called Economic Development Packages (EDPs).  The EDPs are designed to unleash the identified potentials and address the challenges of specific value chains and provinces.   CARD-F design and implements it EDP is a consultative and participatory manner with all stakeholders including the government, NGOs, the private sector and the farming communities.

 

Agricultural Value Chains:

CARD-F provides its services through implementation of the following Agricultural Value Chains:

Poultry Value Chain:

CARD-F has designed and implemented several projects which specifically contribute toward development of poultry value chain.  The intervention include establishment of poultry enterprises (feed mills, breeder farms, hatcheries, commercial broiler farms, commercial layer farms, small scale layer farms), training and capacity building of farmer and investors and provision of veterinarian services via poultry clinics. In addition, CARD-F provides marketing support to poultry farmers and entrepreneurs and assist the government of Afghanistan with poultry related policies and strategies.

Vegetable Value Chain:

CARD-F supports the development of vegetable value chain by introduction and promotion of greenhouse technology which is also known as protected agriculture.  Our interventions include establishment of commercial greenhouses by providing cost sharing grants,  training and capacity building of investors and farmers in modern agriculture practices, facilitating the provision of access to improved seeds and other quality inputs, , formation of greenhouse growers and  producers associations and facilitating market linkages.

Grapes Value Chain:

CARD-F supports for development of the Grapes value chain includes trellising of vineyards which has significant impact on improvement of quality and quantity of grapes, training farmers in vineyard management and harvesting, building Kishmish Khanas (raison drying facilities), organizing farmers into associations and establishing grapes and raisin processing plants.

Dairy Value Chain:

CARD-F contributes to development of dairy value chain by supporting various actors across the value chain.  At production level, CARD-f supports milk producers through provision of trainings, hygienic milking kits, and fodder production.  It also establishes  milk collection centers to strengthen the milk collection and supply chain. CARD-F also forms dairy producers associations and establish of milk processing plants with the aim to create market for local produced milk. In addition, CARD-F provides veterinary services to milk producers through establishing veterinary clinics.

Apiculture Value Chain:

CARD-F supports for development of apiculture value chain includes establishment of  bee farms, capacitating farmers in management of the farms, organizing farmers in to associations, establishing honey processing facilities and facilitating market linkages for improved sales of honey.

Cotton Value Chain:

CARD-F designs and implement interventions to develop cotton value chain.  This intervention includes supporting cotton growers’ by distribution of improved seeds, fertilizers and farming tools and capacity building. In order to improve farmers’ stance, CARD-F organizes farmers in to associations and links them with local processors. CARD-F’s supports also cover establishing local processing plants which create market for cotton growers. At the market level, CARD-F support processors with upgrading their facilities and then connects them to national and regional markets.

 Pomegranate Value Chain:

CARD-F interventions for  development of  the pomegranate value chain includes provision of pomegranate inputs packages, capacity building of farmers, technical support & extension services, establishing processing plant organizing farmers into associations and improving their capacity and strengthening market and market linkages.

Saffron Value Chain:

CARD-F project which is designed and implemented in Herat provinces focuses on development of saffron value chain at  two levels.   At the farm-level CARD-F distributes saffron bulbs, saffron harvesting kits for trainee female farmers and provides capacity building trainings to male farmers. At the processor-level CARD-F support processors by establishing testing, drying and packaging units and help them to obtain international certifications. CARD-F also provides technical and financial supports to establish saffron quality control and testing lab for Herat DAIL. In addition, CARD-F facilitates lead farmers/entrepreneurs conduct exposure visit, saffron marketing and promotion festivals and forming saffron association.

It is worth mentioning that rural infrastructure development is a critical component for the support of all CARD-F and CARD-F also construct or rehabilitates irrigation canals, water reservoirs and roads.

Where we work?

Currently CARD-F is working in the below provinces of Afghanistan:

  1. Nangarhar
  2. Kunar
  3. Laghman
  4. Khost
  5. Logar
  6. Kabul
  7. Parwan
  8. Kapisa
  9. Balkh
  10. Badakhshan
  11. Takhar
  12. Herat
  13. Helmand
  14. Kandahar

 

Achievements to Date:

  • Created 18,022 direct and indirect rural employment opportunities and Increased rural net income to more than AFN 1.84 billion.
  • Stimulated more than AFN 3.211 billion of private sector investments in agricultural value chains.
  • Trained 21,334 farmers in good practices for vegetable, poultry, dairy, honey, cotton production and access to national and international markets.
  • Established 3 feed mills in Kabul, Nangarhar and Balkh provinces with total capacity of 129,600 MTs of poultry feed annually.
  • Constructed 14 breeder farms in Nangarhar, Balkh and Herat provinces. These farms have together produced 2.75 million fertile eggs.
  • Constructed 11 layer farms in Herat and Balkh provinces with total capacity of more than 21 million table eggs annually.
  • Constructed and standardized 312 commercial broiler farms in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Helmand, Laghman, Kunar, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Takhar provinces. These farms have together produced 14,206 MTs of broiler meet.
  • Constructed 8 hatcheries in Nangarhar & Herat provinces that have together produced more than 2.47 million day old chicks.
  • Established 4,113 small scale layer farms in Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Parwan, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Khost, Logar, Laghman, Kunar and Herat provinces. These farms have together produced about 22.1 million table eggs.
  • Established 1,030 commercial scale greenhouses in Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Kabul, Kandahar, Khost, Laghman, Kunar, Takhar and Helmand provinces. These farms have together produced about 4,566 MTs of fresh vegetables.
  • Trellised 1,081 Jeribs of vineyards and Established 90 Kishmish Khanas (Raisins Drying Facilities) in Parwan, Kabul and Kandahar provinces. These Kishmish Khanas have together produced 123 MTs raisins.
  • Established 1 milk processing plant and 7 milk collection centers (able to collect 22,000 liters of milk daily) in Balkh and Herat provinces. These milk collection centers have together collected about 3.8 million liters of milk.
  • Established 12 milking cow farms (each one with 170 M2 areas) in Balkh province. These farms have a total capacity of sheltering 120 milking cows which can together produce 2,400 liters of milk per day.
  • Established 825 honey bee farms in Badakhshan, Khost and Helmand provinces. These farms have together produced more than 181 MTs of honey.
  • Established 1 seed oil extraction plant and 1 oil refinery plant in Balkh province with the capacity of producing 20 tons of unrefined oil and 30 tons of refined oil per day. Established 1 Cotton Ginning & Oil Extraction Plant in Kandahar province with the capacity of 12 metric tons cotton processing and 1.2 metric tons of cottonseed oil production per hour.
  • Completed the construction work of 6.14 KM road in Balkh district of Balkh province.
  • Built 8 irrigation canals and 3 water reservoirs in Nangarhar and Badakhshan provinces. These canals cumulatively irrigate 10,630 hectares of land in eastern and northern Afghanistan.