Project Name: USAID Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project II (AAEPII)
Years of Operation: October 2015 to September 2017
Sponsors: U.S Agency for International Development
Partners: University of California at Davis (prime), Washington State University, Purdue University, and University of Maryland
-Building the technical capacity of public extension service providers;
-Increasing household incomes;
-Improving nutrition at the household level; and
-Promoting increased engagement of women in the agricultural industry and support for women through public extension services
-Over 50 extension and livestock agents trained and equipped to train farmers on technologies and practices to increase livestock production, improve livestock health, and impact family income and nutrition
-Over 50 livestock-focused Farmer Field Schools reaching 1000+ farmers
-Active livestock training, Farmer Field Schools, and Farmer Field Demonstrations in 10+ provinces and 40+ districts
-Empowering university students (including young women) through a hands-on internship experience
What part do we lead: Working towards these objectives, TAMU leads the livestock component of the project with focused research and extension capacity building which will include:
- Establishing a Livestock Model Teaching Farm to improve the capacity of the Parwan DAIL Livestock and Extension staff and to serve as the hub of livestock applied research, demonstration and training for other district and provincial extension and livestock staff throughout the AAEP II target provinces.
- Supporting Livestock Extension and Research Nationally with support from local and TAMU short-term technical assistance will provide animal health, nutrition, husbandry and food safety and processing training for Afghan extension agents in each province.
- Integrating Livestock and Women in Agriculture (WIA): Recognizing that 90% of women in the AAEP impacted provinces are engaged in livestock production, TAMU will support other program partners in developing demonstration and training programs in order to improve dietary diversity with meat, milk and egg product while creating opportunities for women to contribute to family farm income.
Mike Whiteman (UC Davis) AAEP II Chief of Party (April 2014) said: The AAEP II land grant university partners, the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland, Purdue University and Washington State University welcome and are all very excited to be working with Texas A&M on this project. The integration of livestock into the project site in Parwan and the other Provincial Model Teaching Farms has been greatly anticipated. These activities promise to build on and enhance A&M’s global reputation in livestock research and extension.
Terry Hutchens (Borlaug Institute) AAEP II Livestock Regional Site Manager (June 2015) said: It is a privilege to work with the Afghan extension staff, they are very open to our message and experience’s gain in the field of work in the United States. It is a rare experience to witness and be a part of observing extension workers become energized and excited about helping others learn new skills.