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Water and Climate

Integrated catchment management and capacity building for improving livelihoods in Afghanistan

Project Code: LWR/2008/047
Research Program Manager: Dr. Robyn Johnston
Project Leader: Yashpal (Yash) (Yash) - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas
JUL 2012
OCT 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Ministry of Agriculture
Irrigation and Livestock


This project increased catchment productivity, made dryland areas more productive, and improved rural people's livelihoods.

Investment in soil and water conservation and associated technologies is critical for increasing food security and improving rural livelihoods in Afghanistan, which lacks trained personnel to support agricultural research and development.

The project focused on wheat-based farming systems, enhancing conservation practices and demonstrating more efficient use of natural resources. The project also built the capacity of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock personnel in the area of natural resource management and wheat/legume productivity, and encouraged project partners and farmers to share knowledge.