General

The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) objectives are as follows::
  • To increase licit rural employment and income;
  • To stimulate private sector investment in agriculture sector in Afghanistan;
  • To transform agriculture from subsistence to commercial;
  • To strengthen selected agriculture Value Chains in Afghanistan;
  • To enhance capacity of rural agriculture communities to adopt new technologies and practices and substitute imports;
  • To move from its existing approach to development of agriculture sector (mixed livelihood and semi-commercial) to semi-commercial and ultimately to fully commercial model;
  • To facilitate improved cohesion, collaboration and effectiveness of line ministries in supporting the development of agriculture and rural development sector; and
  • To contribute toward the improvement of existing Government policies related to agriculture or agriculture trade.
CARD-F is a grant facility, making funds available for projects that will support our objectives.
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). 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. It receives technical oversight from a technical steering committee (TSC) which comprises the deputy ministry from the IMC ministries donor representatives and CARD-F paying agent “Atos”. A national team referred to as Senior Management Team (SMT) who reports to the IMC and TSC manages CARD-F. The SMT receives technical support from Atos in areas where it requires expertise that is not available from the national team.
The IMC’s responsibility is more strategically focused and deals with high level matters, such as final approval on TSC decisions (e.g. new province selection, EDPs and budget approval). The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) in addition of ensuring joint operational oversight of CARD-F by its implementing ministries, which may be amended in agreement with the IMC, focuses more on technical matters and provides support to the Facility in terms of approval of meso and micro level activities which include approval of changes related to grants and approval of non-EDP interventions. The TSC provides technical guidance, recommendations and supervision to the Management Unit (MU) of CARD-F. The TSC is responsible for providing advice and support on technical matters to the Facility and ensures timely and accurate progress and performance reporting by the MU. This would include, but not be limited to collaborating with the MU on commissioning independent assessments, mobilising external resources and reviewing/resolving grievances.
Currently CARD-F is working in 14 provinces of Afghanistan which include Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Khost, Logar, Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Balkh, Badakhshan, Takhar, Herat, Helmand and Kandahar.
CARD-F provides its services through implementation of the 8 Agricultural Value Chains which include Poultry, Vegetable, Grapes, Dairy, Apiculture, Cotton, Pomegranate and Saffron Value. It is worth mentioning that infrastructure is a critical component for the support of all CARD-F targeted value chains.
CARD-F announces its vacant positions through its official website, social media channels and other job advertisement portals. Joining CARD-F is merit based only.
CARD-F has an open door policy, you can always chose to meet us physically, send us emails at communications@cardf.gov.af or call us on +93(0)787560944.

Grants

CARD-F grant packages target different segments of the society and are classified into micro, meso, macro and public good grants. CARD-F grantee selection criteria are divided in two parts of qualifying criteria and general criteria. The general criteria is almost same for all types of grants, however, the qualifying criteria vary depending on the type of grant (micro, meso and macro), nature of the package and location of grants.   Below are some standard qualifying criteria which can be used for various types of grants:
  • Criteria for micro and meso grants:
  • Have sufficient capital or resources to contribute in advance towards the investment cost;
  • Have suitable land in terms of ownership or other rights, location and suitability for intended purpose;
  • Criteria for macro grants:
  • Submit a bank statement to show the applicant has sufficient capital or resources to contribute towards the investment cost;
  • Have suitable land in terms of ownership or other rights, location and suitability for intended purpose;
  • Submit a simple and clear business plan which include the followings:
    • Current business profile/knowledge of the sector
    • Vision, mission and objection statements;
    • Proposed Specifications;
    • Summary acquisition plan and construction plan;
    • Financial Plan
    • Marketing Plan
    • Sustainability Strategy
  Below are the general criteria used for all grant types:
  • Not be involved in any form in the cultivation of poppy or other illegal agriculture;
  • Assist CARD-F with the implementation of the project and share true information and M&E data in regards to project;
  • Provide direct and indirect support to the CARD-F producers, farmers or small holder farmers;
  • Participate regularly in training and other events undertaken by CARD-F in the relevant areas;
  • Provide all the required information and supporting documents in the format prescribed;
  • Sign a grant agreement or memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will set out the mutual responsibilities of CARD-F, the applicant and any appropriate third party;
  • Keep records of all data and information such as costs incurred, sales made and income generated from asset (Poultry Complex) which is built using CARD-F grant and provide access to CARD-F staff to the facility and data as and when required;
  • Hire sufficient labor resources to run the facility;
  • Not engage in activities and practices which can harm the environment including, but not limited to air, soil and water;
  • Not engage in activities or practices which may create conflict (dispute, fights, animosity, quarrel, dissatisfaction) or cause social discomfort in the community;
  • Adhere to human and labor rights and ensure health and safety in the work environment and avoid child labor;
CARD-F grants award process includes the following steps:
  • Announcement of grant opportunity;
  • Conducting pre-submission meeting;
  • Submission of applications;
  • Evaluation of applications
  • Verification of documents;
  • Draw process (if applicable);
  • Preparation of report and obtaining no objection;
  • Observing stand still notification;
  • Signing grant agreements;
After reading the opportunity announcement, you may apply for CARD-F grants by submitting the application to CARD-F offices. CARD-F announces the opportunities using various modes of announcement which differ based on type and nature of grant package. Below is list of mostly used announcement methods used by CARD-F:
  • Websites (CARD-F, MAIL, ACBAR and ACCI)
  • Newspaper (Arman e Millie)
  • CARD-F Facebook page;
  • Posters pasted on noticeboards of provincial offices (DAIL, PRRD, DCN, etc.)
Usually is takes around 20 to 30 working days for CARD-F to inform applicants about outcome of their applications.
Grantees own the enterprises funded by CARD-F. However, CARD-F reserves the right to confiscate the assets if the grantee fails to abide by the terms and conditions set out in the agreement.
No. CARD-F grants level varies depending on the nature of project.
If it is grants related complaint, you can contact CARD-F grants unit through:
  • Email: jawad.alawi@cardf.gov.af
  • Phone: +93 (0) 792 108 694
  • Address: Ever green building, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Compound, Kabul, Afghanistan

Procurement

CARD-F criteria for awarding the contracts can be divided in two categories:
  1. Minimum qualification criteria
  2. Lowest quoted price
Minimum qualification criteria The preliminary criteria for each procurement opportunity which included but not limited to is the valid business license, relevant past experience and financial capacity of the bidder.  The bidder must fulfill all the preliminary criteria including (technical and financial criteria) before the financial evaluation starts. Lowest quoted Price: Bidders who fulfill the minimum qualification criteria are compared based on their quoted price which determines the successful bidder.
All CARD-F’s procurement opportunities are advertise in different websites that includes CARD-F, MAIL, ACBAR, and Arman Milli newspaper.