Agricultural Services and Livelihood Improvement (ASLI)

Farming households in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan suffer from high levels of poverty and food insecurity. Their agricultural productivity remains low due to insufficient access to inputs and information. The Agricultural Services and Livelihood Improvement project aims to improve the livelihoods of poor rural families by strengthening the public extension system at subnational level to enable targeted, demand-driven agricultural service delivery.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Agricoltura e sicurezza alimentare
Impiego & sviluppo economico

Politica agricola
Sviluppe rurale
Terreni agricoli
08.08.2017 - 31.08.2021
CHF 7'050'000

Agriculture is of crucial importance for Afghanistan’s socioeconomic development and the livelihoods of the people. Despite high urbanization rates, Afghanistan remains an essentially rural society; an estimated 70% of the population live in rural areas and 61% of households depend fully or partially on income derived from agricultural activities.


Poor and vulnerable farming families improve their livelihoods through demand-driven public agricultural service delivery. 

Gruppi target

The project will directly benefit at least 20% of food insecure and resource-poor farming households in four target districts of Bamyan province (approximately 30’000 people).

It will be implemented through public extension workers as the main government counterpart in close collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock staff at the national and subnational level. The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development will be involved in infrastructure related activities, need assessment survey, and other field level activities.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Target households in the selected districts are more productive, resilient and better linked to markets.

Outcome 2: Subnational institutions have developed their capacities and deliver improved services


Risultati principali attesi:  

Output 1.1: Commonly beneficial and climate smart natural resource management practices and infrastructure is established in four districts.

Output 1.2: Households adopt improved production and processing technologies and practices.

Output 1.3: Agricultural households organize themselves in Common Interest Groups (CIGs).

Output 1.4: Households improve their nutrition, sanitation and child-care.

Output 2.1: Extension workers learn and transmit improved technical knowhow to households in target districts.

Output 2.2: Line ministries improve their capacities for coordinating and implementing development activities.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

Baselines will be established within the first quarter of the project through collection of information at household level.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite per l'alimentazione e l'agricoltura

Altri partner

Luxembourg Development Cooperation (LuxDev), Italian Development Cooperation, Government of Germany, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Government-led initiatives such as the National Horticulture and Livestock Program and the On-Farm Water Management Program

Relevant NGO-led agricultural projects

SDC-mandated “Green Initiative for Afghanistan’s Agriculture” (GIAA) Project and SDC-funded “Government School Support Program” (GSSP)

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   7'050'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   6'879'900
Fasi del progetto Fase 99 01.08.2021 - 31.07.2029   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 08.08.2017 - 31.08.2021   (Fase in corso)