Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)

Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)

Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Budget: $133,000,000

Duration: November 2006 to September 2011

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Status: On going

ASAP is designed to revitalize Afghanistan’s agriculture sector and to improve global competitiveness of the
country’s agribusiness sector. It is a nationwide program providing strategic support to Afghanistan’s public and private sectors with two objectives:

Objective 1: Increase agricultural sector jobs and income

ASAP’s objective is to contribute to increasing agricultural productivity by improving farmers’ access to inputs
and effective extension services and invigorate agribusinesses by increasing linkages between farmers,
markets, credit, and trade corridors.

Objective 2: Increase Afghans’ confidence in their government
ASAP’s second objective is to help build the capability of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock to deliver services and promote private sector and farmer associations.

ASAP is composed of four technical components and one program support component.

Agriculture Production Component
ASAP boosts agricultural and livestock productivity by supporting private businesses, specifically AgDepots and Veterinary Field Units (VFUs), that offer quality inputs and services and by demonstrating new technologies and improved agricultural and livestock methods.

Agribusiness Trade and Investment Component
ASAP works to increase sales of agricultural products create jobs and attract new agribusiness investments
that add value to Afghan produce and facilitate export abroad.

Gender Component
ASAP works to provide women with economic opportunities to improve their income and enable them to
become part of the development process in Afghanistan.

Building the Capacity of MAIL and the Private Sector Component
ASAP is building the capacity of MAIL and the private sector to strengthen their ability to deliver services that
will boost agricultural productivity, encourage agribusiness investment and increase sales and exports of
agricultural produce.

Program Support Component
ASAP offers a wide range of assistance to facilitate measure, monitor and promote program activities. Included in this component are engineering and environmental compliance, monitoring and evaluation, communications and marketing, finance and operations, and contracts and procurements.

Progress/ Achievements

No  Indicator  Total Life-of-Project Actual Results
 (Nov. 1, 2006 - Mar. 31, 2011)
1 5.1b: Increased final sales of licit farm and non-farm products in USG assisted areas over previous year. US $. 49,169,261
2 5.1a: Net (total) increase in private sector employment for assisted
farms and agribusinesses (full-time equivalent).FTE
3 5b: Number of households benefitted by agriculture and alternative development interventions in USAID-assisted areas. 1,139,073
4 5.2.3a: Number of hectares in areas of biological significance under improved management and/or conservation 22,230
5 5.1.2e: Number of women’s organizations/associations assisted as a
result of USG assistance
6 5.1.2c:Number of agriculture-related firms benefitting directly from USG-supported interventions 5
7 5.1.1f: Number of individuals who have received USG-supported agriculture-productivity short-term training 430,398
8 5.3.2b: Number of GIRoA agricultural programs focused on developing new technologies 14