The Afghan Agribusiness Strategy


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Beekeeping in Afghanistan

Beekeeping in Afghanistan. photo.


Eighty-five percent of Afghans work in agriculture. In Logar, a wheat- and fruit-growing province 50 miles south of Kabul, the percentage is even higher. When NATO forces arrived in strength in Logar two years ago, commanders quickly realized they would have to speak the language of farming in order to improve ties with local residents and hopefully boost the legitimacy of the Afghan government.

Today, that vital task falls to a specialized team of U.S. Army agricultural experts from a western U.S. state that one expert says reminds him a lot of Logar. The 63-person Nevada Agribusiness Development Team, one of nine such teams currently deployed to Afghanistan, is “on the cutting edge of counter-insurgency,” according to Col. Johnny Isaak, the team commander.

The ADT concept originated in 2007, when the Army realized it was not getting adequate support in Afghanistan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development. To replace these civilian agencies, the Army asked the National Guards of rural U.S. states to form the ADTs. The first teams were on the ground in Afghanistan by late 2007; the program’s mandate expires in 2013, just one year before the last major U.S. combat unit is slated to leave Afghanistan.

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2 Responses to “ The Afghan Agribusiness Strategy”

  1. Reza SHAHROUZI says:

    Dear Mr & Mrs

    I published in 2012 on book in Dari language for Afghan Beekeepers.It’s very interstant and help Afghan beekeepers.You find in this adress:
    Beekeeping guidline in Dari edite by Terre des Hommes in afghanistan2012. guidline in Dari.pdf

    Dear Mr I’d like to work in Afghanistan.But the Afghan peopele need jabs for future.I have several articles about Afghanistan:
    Agriculture and Apiculture in Afghanistan. Bulletin on line OIE, No 4, 2011. page59-62.
    ●Agriculture and Apiculture in Afghanistan.29.01.2011.
    ●Developpement de l’agriculture et l’apiculture en Afghanistan,04/07/2010
    ● La Situation actuelle de l’apiculture Afghane.20.07.2009.
    ●Causes de mortalite’ des colonies d’abeilles en Afghanistan,Iraq,Iran.22.03.2009.
    ●La creation 10.000 emplois en apiculture pour les Afghans.13.02.2009.
    ●Natural and chemical control of Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Afghanistan
    25.07.2008. of_varroa.pdf
    ●L’apiculture dans le developpement agricole l’exemple de la region de Rustaq en Afghanistan
    25.07.2008 .pdf

    With Best Regards
    Avec toute ma sympahtie
    Mit freundichen GrÜben
    International Counsellor for Agriculture & Apiculture
    Qazvin-Iran.P.O.Box 34185-451
    Phone :+98 281 3687062
    Fax: :+98 281 2227144
    M0bile :+98 912 5819733

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