AUSTRALIA AFGHANISTAN COMMUNITY RESILIENCE SCHEME - AACRS
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.