The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) is one of the key agricultural and rural development programs of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA). CARD-F aims to increase employment, income and business opportunities for rural masses through the design, facilitation and implementation of commercially viable agricultural value chains supplemented with rural infrastructure projects in the target provinces of Afghanistan.
As a model of cross-ministry collaboration, CARD-F is governed by an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that consists of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the Ministry of Finance.
Funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and Danish Fund (DANIDA), CARD-F provides needs-based support and services to facilitate growth in legal rural income and employment by providing alternative livelihood opportunities.
CARD-F’s mission is to identify, design and implement agriculture & rural development interventions that have the highest potential and contributions toward the economic growth and economic development of Afghanistan in the most transparent, fair, and equitable manner and to achieve the best value for money for donor funds.
The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) follows the below objectives:
- Increase licit rural employment opportunities and income;
- Stimulate private sector investment in agriculture sector in Afghanistan;
- Transform agriculture from subsistence to commercial;
- Strengthen selected agriculture Value Chains in Afghanistan;
- To enhance capacity of rural agriculture communities to adopt new technologies and practices and substitute imports; and
- To facilitate improved cohesion, collaboration and eﬀectiveness of line ministries in supporting the development of agriculture and rural development sector.
CARD-F identifies challenges as well potentials that exist in Agriculture Value Chains. It designs and implements comprehensive and inclusive interventions which are called Economic Development Packages (EDPs). The EDPs are designed to unleash the identified potentials and address the challenges of specific value chains and provinces. CARD-F design and implements it EDP is a consultative and participatory manner with all stakeholders including the government, NGOs, the private sector and the farming communities.
Agricultural Value Chains:
CARD-F provides its services through implementation of the following Agricultural Value Chains:
Poultry Value Chain:
CARD-F has designed and implemented several projects which specifically contribute toward development of poultry value chain. The intervention include establishment of poultry enterprises (feed mills, breeder farms, hatcheries, commercial broiler farms, commercial layer farms, small scale layer farms), training and capacity building of farmer and investors and provision of veterinarian services via poultry clinics. In addition, CARD-F provides marketing support to poultry farmers and entrepreneurs and assist the government of Afghanistan with poultry related policies and strategies.
Vegetable Value Chain:
CARD-F supports the development of vegetable value chain by introduction and promotion of greenhouse technology which is also known as protected agriculture. Our interventions include establishment of commercial greenhouses by providing cost sharing grants, training and capacity building of investors and farmers in modern agriculture practices, facilitating the provision of access to improved seeds and other quality inputs, , formation of greenhouse growers and producers associations and facilitating market linkages.
Grapes Value Chain:
CARD-F supports for development of the Grapes value chain includes trellising of vineyards which has significant impact on improvement of quality and quantity of grapes, training farmers in vineyard management and harvesting, building Kishmish Khanas (raison drying facilities), organizing farmers into associations and establishing grapes and raisin processing plants.
Dairy Value Chain:
CARD-F contributes to development of dairy value chain by supporting various actors across the value chain. At production level, CARD-f supports milk producers through provision of trainings, hygienic milking kits, and fodder production. It also establishes milk collection centers to strengthen the milk collection and supply chain. CARD-F also forms dairy producers associations and establish of milk processing plants with the aim to create market for local produced milk. In addition, CARD-F provides veterinary services to milk producers through establishing veterinary clinics.
Apiculture Value Chain:
CARD-F supports for development of apiculture value chain includes establishment of bee farms, capacitating farmers in management of the farms, organizing farmers in to associations, establishing honey processing facilities and facilitating market linkages for improved sales of honey.
Cotton Value Chain:
CARD-F designs and implement interventions to develop cotton value chain. This intervention includes supporting cotton growers’ by distribution of improved seeds, fertilizers and farming tools and capacity building. In order to improve farmers’ stance, CARD-F organizes farmers in to associations and links them with local processors. CARD-F’s supports also cover establishing local processing plants which create market for cotton growers. At the market level, CARD-F support processors with upgrading their facilities and then connects them to national and regional markets.
Pomegranate Value Chain:
CARD-F interventions for development of the pomegranate value chain includes provision of pomegranate inputs packages, capacity building of farmers, technical support & extension services, establishing processing plant organizing farmers into associations and improving their capacity and strengthening market and market linkages.
Saffron Value Chain:
CARD-F project which is designed and implemented in Herat provinces focuses on development of saffron value chain at two levels. At the farm-level CARD-F distributes saffron bulbs, saffron harvesting kits for trainee female farmers and provides capacity building trainings to male farmers. At the processor-level CARD-F support processors by establishing testing, drying and packaging units and help them to obtain international certifications. CARD-F also provides technical and financial supports to establish saffron quality control and testing lab for Herat DAIL. In addition, CARD-F facilitates lead farmers/entrepreneurs conduct exposure visit, saffron marketing and promotion festivals and forming saffron association.
It is worth mentioning that rural infrastructure development is a critical component for the support of all CARD-F and CARD-F also construct or rehabilitates irrigation canals, water reservoirs and roads.
Where we work?
Currently CARD-F is working in the below provinces of Afghanistan: