Creating and strengthening livelihoods is key to achieving Afghanaid’s mission of providing Afghans with the skills, tools and knowledge to help themselves, their families and their communities.

By helping men and women to improve their household’s income, we have enabled families to send children to school, consume more nutritious food, access health services, and live with greater dignity.

 Agriculture

In the areas where Afghanaid works, over 90% of the population is dependent on agriculture as their primary source of income. We help the poorest farmers produce more by teaching them improved farming and animal husbandry techniques.

We also help improve the value of their products and connect them to local markets. By replenishing seeds and animal feed – often lost as a result of natural disasters or failed harvests – Afghanaid makes crucial contributions to families’ food security. Since 2014, our agriculture projects have supported 92,300 farmers.

 

 Natural Resource Management

We support communities to strengthen their ability to sustainably manage the natural resources upon which their food security and livelihoods rely. We promote techniques to conserve water, protect and renew forests and rangelands, and reduce soil erosion.

In the last three years, our projects have established over 400 community-based natural resource management associations, ensuring forests, rangelands, and water resources are managed sustainably and democratically for the benefit of all users  By establishing and training user associations, we allow members to share knowledge and strengthen the capacity of communities to plan and implement projects which improve the management of natural resources. These associations reduce conflict over resources and foster collaboration with relevant governmental ministries.

As a result of our recently completed natural resource management project in northeast Afghanistan: 13,500 families gained more equal access to better managed natural resources; the incidence of landslides and flash floods reduced; and household incomes increased.

 

  Rural Savings and Small Business

In the last three years, we have assisted 32,000 men and women with vocational training and tools to start their own businesses. By diversifying income, these businesses increase the resilience of vulnerable rural households, enabling them to better withstand economic and environmental shocks and invest in their families' futures.

We facilitate the establishment of producer associations, which  provide a platform to enable producers to access markets and services, take advantage of economies of scale, and demand higher prices for their products.

We also support the formation of savings groups, enabling impoverished people in rural Afghanistan to accumulate group savings and access credit for their enterprises.