Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project, 2011-2014
From 2011-2014, NIFA collaborated with a consortium of U.S. land-grant universities to help develop a more effective, demand-driven extension system in war-torn Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project (AAEP), funded by USAID, developed 10 provincial model teaching farms, 185 farmer field schools, hundreds of on-farm demonstrations and 38 work groups in such areas as conservation agriculture, greenhouse production, grain storage and water resource management. AAEP trained 350 Afghan extension personnel who went on to train more than 5,000 farmers. A key component of the project focused on women in agriculture - 290 women were trained in such areas as backyard vegetable gardening, small-scale poultry operations, nutrition, food preservation and processing, marketing and food safety. In recognition of its achievements, AAEP received a Secretary’s Honor Award in 2014.