From July 25th to July 28th 2018, we were in Herat province, where UNDP has implemented more than 54 livelihoods projects (54 greenhouses, 6 raisin houses, 1 beehive, 1 kitchen garden and 2 rangeland rehabilitations), supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). We also trained 294 farmers on how to process and store food, and protected 76 hectares of land from flooding.
The project, which partners with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL), improved irrigation for 5,090 hectares of agricultural land and helped communities to repair 4 canals, 6 protection walls, 8 canal intakes, 1 Kariz rehabilitation and 2 water control gates.
During the trip, Napoleon Navarro, UNDP’s Senior Deputy Country Director (programmes) visited several irrigation projects.
“Our people are always grateful. They will appreciate and remember if people take even the smallest obstacle from our path, or lay just one stone to rebuild our country.” a villager told Napoleon during his visit to an irrigation project in Karukh district.
Napoleon also visited other components of the Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP), including greenhouses managed by women and a beekeeping farm for women in need, as well as meeting with local people and listening to their concerns.