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Helmand province has suitable environment for fruits and vegetable production. The most popular fruits and vegetables growing in this province are grapes, pomegranates, onion, chili, spinach, carrot, etc. CHA will implement activities to increase production, improve post-harvest processes, and strengthen market linkages between farmers and agribusinesses and between agribusinesses and final consumers along these identified high-value crop value chains.

 

In accordance to program goals, CHA is collaborating with the Department of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL), private sector organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and analyze obstacles to doing business in southern Afghanistan that might be addressed during the life of the program through adjustment of policies or regulations enacted at the national level. 

CHA will comply with USAID environmental requirements and Afghanistan environmental laws and regulations. CHA is cooperating with Chemonics to undertake environmental assessments where and when necessary and ensure that appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities.

 

RADP-S is integrating women into program activities and to hold women-specific programs and trainings in each district. Chemonics will work closely with the CHA to respond to specific opportunities which will increase the participation of women in agricultural and agribusiness activities resulting in improvement of the economic and nutritional conditions of their families.

 

CHA is identifying private sector stakeholders in each province to be engaged, in accordance with the RADP-S work plan, in the development of the value chains. CHA building partnerships with local business providers to increase the demand of the value chain products, and focus interventions towards highest potential for economic benefit, and competitive advantage to the most actors along the value chain