The Australia Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme (AACRS) is the Australian Government’s rural development program in Afghanistan. The AACRS is a partnership between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and the Government of Australia acting through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and four non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The program is well aligned with Afghanistan Government key policy, being especially relevant to the Dryland Agriculture Policy and the associated Dryland Farming Strategy and contributes to achievement of government priorities as identified in Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF), National Priority Program (NPPs) particularly Comprehensive Agricultural Development (CAD NPP) and Women Economic Empowerment NPP and Afghanistan adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AACRS has been helping remote farming families in 336-400 villages across the north and central highlands of Afghanistan since 2014. Most of the poor families in these villages have shown significant gains through AACRS core activities in livelihood, services and natural resources management. These families still remain vulnerable to persistent insecurity and drought.

Focus Area

     Natural Resources Management


     Service Delivery

Most Significant Change Stories

Now she is able to secure her livelihood through selling vegetable and she became an incentive to the rest of women in the community how to start their own small business in spite of having limited opportunities.

Haleema's Story

I have benefited a lot from the poultry “One, I can make nutritious food to feed my family and if need I can buy. Two, I can secure my family livelihood through selling eggs. Three, I have sent my children to school and I am able to support them in term of providing uniform, school bags and other required stationaries

Salima's Story

Finally, I decided to work as BVW, with full support of my family and particularly my father. I started my work, and I participated in many training sessions organized by AKF-A in Bamyan center. I learned about animal treatment, vaccination and deworming theoretically and practically.

Fareba's Story

Basic Veterinary Worker
In the past, the livestock owners travelled to the city to buy medicine.  This not only consumed their time; but sometimes their animals still died because of limited available medicine.” Now, veterinarians in the area have easier access to supplies of the correct, high-quality veterinary products.

Mehr Ali

Para-Veterinarian Student