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Improved Farming and Livelihoods for Women

‘Nafisa’ (name changed), a 42-year-old woman from Zinda Jan district in Herat, remembers the bad old days, when she could not feed herself, her husband, or their seven children.

 

“Our economic situation was very bad,” she recalls. “We lived in a ruined house, and our only source of income was from shelling pistachio nuts.”

 

Back then, Nafisa looked after her husband, Rahman, who was suffering from tuberculosis. She was advised to give fruit to her husband regularly.

 

“Being so poor, I used to give the fresh part of the watermelon to my husband, and my children and I would eat the rind,” she says.

 

Like many women in Afghanistan, Nafisa desperately needed to find a way out of poverty. Agriculture was the path she found. “I went to the Department of Agriculture in Herat, and asked for some greenhouse facilities. Eventually, they agreed.”

 

Nafisa and her family are beneficiaries of the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), which is implemented by UNDP and Ministry of Agriculture. The project provided her with a greenhouse, seeds for vegetables, as well as the necessary training to become a successful small-scale farmer. To diversify livelihoods and improve women’s economic freedom, UNDP has implemented several other projects in Herat districts. These include: 6 raisin houses, 10 greenhouses, 1 apiary, and kitchen gardens for 30 women.

UNDP’s Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), is a five-year project, made possible by the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund. Over the next three years, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, UNDP will implement more than 100 livelihoods projects, including building more greenhouses and training farmers on food processing and food storage, as well as protecting 800 hectares of land from flooding, irrigate 4,000 hectares of agricultural land and repairing 30 canals.

© UNDP Afghanistan / S. Omer Sadaat / 2017

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Taken on June 2, 2017