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GRAPE VALUE CHAIN PROJECT INFORMATION

The Empowering Jujube Grower Communities Through Group-Based Marketing and Resource Management Project

REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM-SOUTH (RADP-S)

Background and Objective

The objective of RADP-S is to improve food and economic security for rural Afghans in southern provinces. The focus is to improve productivity and profitability for targeted value chains selected from the wheat, high-value crop, and livestock sectors.

This sustainable agricultural development program supports the consolidation of licit economies to fuel economic growth, including providing alternatives to poppy cultivation. RADP-S achieves this objective through a relatively long-term agricultural value chain approaches designed to address sustainability as well as by supporting policy, legal, and regulatory development. The program stared on 7th Jan 2014 and will end on 6th Oct 2018.

Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA), as implementing partner of the program, supporting RADP-South in the improvement of food and economic security for 32420 rural Afghans in 4 districts of Helmand province; 19250 wheat growers and 13170 high value crops growers. The focus is on improving production and productivity of targeted value chains of wheat and high-value crops.

CHA is providing full administrative, management and technical support to the RADP-S program in Nad-e-Ali, Nahri-e-Seraj, Nawa districts and Lashkar-Gah pre urban area in Helmand province during 5 years of program. CHA leading implementation of agricultural development technical activities in the above mentioned districts within the USAID/Afghanistan RADP-S framework’s 3 activity components: Wheat Value Chain activities, High-Value Crop activities and Enabling Environment activities for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA). Under the technical direction of Chemonics CHA working directly with small and medium sized enterprises, Government of Afghanistan (GoA) representatives, district leaders, farmer associations, and other beneficiaries identified by the RADP-South program to focus on the following areas: farmer productivity and production, gender, agribusiness and alternative development. CHA is managing the implementation of activities related to enabling environment bottlenecks identified within value chains. Through its provincial and district offices, CHA conducting technical program activities included in the RADP-S work plan. CHA is conducting business forums/workshops and demonstrations for farmers and agribusinesses in all technical areas, working from a market-based perspective in coordination with  private enterprises utilizing  market linkages identified by RADP-S and other stakeholders.