World Vision’s AACRS program considers key elements of the Badghis context, lessons learned from World Vision’s programs in Afghanistan and best practice in achieving livelihoods improvements, to ensure Communities and families inBadghis have livelihoods that are more sustainable and inclusive of vulnerable groupsby the end of the program.

Project: Strengthening Communities to Build Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods in Badghis

Start Date

31 May 2014

Location

Badghis Province

Target Population

25591 individuals

Gender Wise

24,114 Men & 1477 Women

Targeted beneficiary

309

Indirect beneficiary

91,540

key outcomes

1. Families are more food secure

  • 2600 households have strategies and resources required for greater food production, preservation, diversification and nutrition
  • More effective agriculture production for 2600 households
  • Effective irrigation and water management systems are in place for family production

2. Producers sell more producers in existing and new markets

  • Producer groups have a good knowledge of how to access and meet the requirement of new and diverse markets

3. The vulnerable, including women headed households are benefitting from project initiatives

  • Functional community groups make inclusive and collaborative decisions

key initiatives to achieve outcomes

1. Established first ever new kariz with 30 % community contribution
2. Water conservation method for the karizess through piping
3. Enabled women to have an income and sell their product in newly established women market
4. Established first Badghis-Herat Trade Exhibition
5. Established a Badghis National Trade Union to connect Badghis Producers/Farmers with the private sector
6. Increased landless people income through a mechanism where WV provide improved seeds for the landless people and landless people will only return 25 % of total harvest to the landlord
7. Enabled PWD to have an income and sell their product through inclusion with producer groups and small business opportunities

key approaches and methodologies Used

Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Demonstration Plots
  • Pure Seed Production
  • Water Management Groups
  • Community-Based Agricultural Extension Services

Water infrastructure and conservation:
• Rehabilitate ancient and establish new Kariz systems
• Irrigating mountain sides and valleys through Solar powered submersible pumps in deep Wells.
• Water Conservation efforts include harvesting surface run off and precipitation during rainy seasons and snow melt through water catchments in loose soil areas. Water is able to then easily filtrate and percolate for charging the aquifers underground
• FMNR utilizes tree roots and stumps to regenerate otherwise deforested hill and mountain sides in Badghis. Reestablishment of trees will benefit soil health and water retention potential, while minimizing erosion and the likelihood of landslides.2. Market-led Development

  • Producer and Savings Groups
  • Women market places
  • Provincial and local Trade forums

Community cohesion

  • Community Change Approach
  • Celebrating Families Curriculum
  • Vision statements
  • Do No harm and local capacity for peace.

What is next for the project (and current status)

Future plans for the WV’s AACRS project include:

    • Linking the newly established Saffron, Nursery and beekeeping association with BNTU and Herat trader/s
      • Market and government linkages enable farmers to sell products within Badghis at competitive prices and in collaboration with other sellers and wholesalers in mind
      • Association registration enables farmers to access improved seed varieties through government and private sector channels.
    • Facilitated a trip for women trader to meet with Afghanistan first lady (Rolla Ghni) to discuss the newly established women market and enhance donor awareness of the women’s market initiative
    • Undertake stakeholder mapping for saffron within Badghis (also integrating key stakeholders from Herat into the assessment). This will also include a comparison analysis of the opium supply chain.
      • These analyses aim to provide evidence on appropriate crops that may substitute and eventually replace opium crops
    • Provide practical training for new bee keeping and poultry keeper beneficiaries
    • Train the fee based extension workers from the community on new water conservation methods for Karizes
      • This follows initiatives from WV which has doubled the water discharge of the kariz network in targeted areas of the AACRS.
    • Introduction of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration techniques, which utilize tree roots and stumps to regenerate otherwise deforested hill and mountain sides in Badghis. Reestablishment of trees will benefit soil health and water retention potential, while minimizing erosion and the likelihood of landslides.
    • Completion of current phase activities,
    • End of project Evaluation/Design of the extension phase
Project Duration

31 May 2014

Districts

Badghis Province

Direct Targeted Areas
Targeted beneficiaries

34,279

Indirect beneficiaries

185,746

Gender Wise

24,114 Men & 1477 Women

Partners: 

Department of agriculture livestock and irrigation. Department of rural rehabilitation. Department of energy and power. Department of women affairs. CDCs. Religious leaders, Badghis National Trade Union, private sector including Morwarid Food Processing Company (for Honey) and various saffron enterprises. Voice of women, CIMMYT.

key outcomes

  1.  Families are more food secure
    • 3550 households have strategies and resources required for greater food production, preservation, diversification and nutrition
    • More effective agriculture production for 3550 households
    • Effective irrigation and water management systems are in place for family production
    • 21,300 have access to irrigation water through by implementation of (canal rehabilitation, pipe scheme, kariz rehabilitation and solar power irrigation.
  2.  Producers sell more producers in existing and new markets
    • Producer groups have a good knowledge of how to access and meet the requirement of new and diverse markets
  3.  The vulnerable, including women-headed households, are benefitting from project initiatives
    • Functional community groups make inclusive and collaborative decisions
    • New irrigation method (drip irrigation system) introduced
    • new vegetable cultivation method (mulching system) established

key initiatives to achieve outcomes

1. 24 solar power irrigation systems installed for irrigation of more than 500 ha land

2. Water conservation method for the karizess through by construction of water reservoir

3. Terraces and trenches has constructed for 244 pistachio garden to conserve seasonal water.

4. Enabled women to have an income and sell their product in newly established women market

5. Established a Badghis National Trade Union to connect Badghis Producers/Farmers with the private sector

6. Enabled PWD to have an income and sell their product through inclusion with producer groups and small business opportunities

key approaches and methodologies Used

Agriculture and Natural Resources

  • Demonstration Plots
  • Pure Seed Production
  • Water Management Groups
  • Community-Based Agricultural Extension Services

Water infrastructure and conservation:
• Rehabilitate ancient and establish new Kariz systems
• Irrigating mountain sides and valleys through Solar powered submersible pumps in deep Wells.
• Water Conservation efforts include harvesting surface run off and precipitation during rainy seasons and snow melt through water catchments in loose soil areas. Water is able to then easily filtrate and percolate for charging the aquifers underground
• FMNR utilizes tree roots and stumps to regenerate otherwise deforested hill and mountain sides in Badghis. Reestablishment of trees will benefit soil health and water retention potential, while minimizing erosion and the likelihood of landslides.2. Market-led Development

  • Producer and Savings Groups
  • Women market places
  • Provincial and local Trade forums

Community cohesion

  • Community Change Approach
  • Celebrating Families Curriculum
  • Vision statements
  • Do No harm and local capacity for peace.

What is next for the project (and current status)

Future plans for the WV’s AACRS project include:

  • Linking the newly established vegetable, fruit and beekeeping association with BNTU and Herat trader/s
  • Market and government linkages enable farmers to sell products within Badghis at competitive prices and in collaboration with other sellers and wholesalers in mind
  • Association registration enables farmers to access improved seed varieties through government and private sector channels.
  • Facilitated a trip for women trader to meet with Afghanistan first lady (Rolla Ghni) to discuss the newly established women market and enhance donor awareness of the women’s market initiative
  • Undertake stakeholder mapping for saffron within Badghis (also integrating key stakeholders from Herat into the assessment). This will also include a comparison analysis of the opium supply chain.
  • These analyses aim to provide evidence on appropriate crops that may substitute and eventually replace opium crops
  • Provide practical training for new bee keeping and poultry keeper beneficiaries
  • Train the fee based extension workers from the community on new water conservation methods for Karizes
  • This follows initiatives from WV which has doubled the water discharge of the kariz network in targeted areas of the AACRS.
  • Introduction of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration techniques, which utilize tree roots and stumps to regenerate otherwise deforested hill and mountain sides in Badghis. Reestablishment of trees will benefit soil health and water retention potential, while minimizing erosion and the likelihood of landslides.
  • Completion of current phase activities,
  • End of project Evaluation/Design of the extension phase