Afghan Ag Extension Project
UC Davis leading project to boost Afghanistan agriculture
With a $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, UC Davis is leading the Afghan Agricultural Extension Project (AAEP) - an effort with other land grant universities to help Afghanistan strengthen its agricultural extension system and stabilize its agriculture-based economy.
"Thirty years of conflict have left Afghanistan's agriculture far behind much of the world and with little capacity to improve it," said project leader Jim Hill, a UC Davis Cooperative Extension plant scientist and CA&ES associate dean for international programs. "Our job is to help build the capacity of the extension system to connect with Afghan farmers and provide them with good technical information."
The project seeks to develop a viable agricultural extension system in a country where 80% of its workforce is involved in agriculture. The aim is to improve household food security and increase income through professional training in such areas as postharvest for grains, fruits, and vegetables, conservation agriculture, women in agriculture, integrated pest management, protected agriculture, and practical management of livestock and poultry.
Sophia Wilcox, Univ. of Maryland, Deputy Chief of Party, WIA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Hill, UC Davis, Principal Investigator, email@example.com
Chelo Abrenilla, UC Davis, Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholaus Madden, UC Davis, Project Coordinator, email@example.com
Kevin McNamra, Purdue, Principal Investigator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Pannkuk, WSU, Principal Investigator, email@example.com
Jim Hanson, Univ. of Maryland, Principal Investigator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Extension and Project Resources
AAEP Project and Personnel Handbook (1 MB)
AAEP is contributing extension and training materials to eAfghan Ag - providing credible relevant materials to those helping farmers in Afghanistan.