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Afghan Ag Extension Project II


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UC Davis leading USAID project to boost Afghanistan agriculture


With a $20 million grant from the USAID, UC Davis is leading the second phase of the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project, AAEP II. The grant will support efforts by UC Davis, Purdue University, Washington State University, University of Maryland, and Texas A&M.

AAEP II seeks to build the capacity of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) and selected Directorates (DAILs) to deliver effective extension services to rural clientele in targeted regions across Afghanistan.The target beneficiaries of the project are Afghan government extension workers. AAEP II activities will operate from five key provinces, Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh and Parwan, and eventually engage DAILs from up to 25 different provinces.

AAEP II uses the same extension model employed by the first phase (AAEP I) which includes:

1) Training Workshops;

2) Thematic Workgroups;

3) Provincial Model Teaching Farms (PMTFs);

4) Farmer Field Schools (FFSs);

5) Farmer Field Demonstrations (FFDs); and

6) Mini-Fund Projects.

By empowering Afghan extension workers to transfer useful information and technology to farmers, the desired project impacts of improved rural household food security and income generation, and improved nutritional status of farm households, can be achieved.

Project Contacts

In Afghanistan:

Mike Whiteman

Mike Whiteman, WSU, Chief of Party, Kabul, [email protected]

Oumar Badini

Oumar Badini, WSU, Regional Site Manager, Nangarhar, [email protected]

 David Frey

David Frey, UC Davis, Regional Site Manager, Balkh, [email protected]


Efran Altoveros, Purdue, Regional Site Manager, Herat, [email protected]

Sophia Wilcox

Sophia Wilcox, Univ. of Maryland, Director of WIA, [email protected]



Jim Hill, UC Davis, Principal Investigator, [email protected]

Nicholaus Madden, UC Davis, Director of M&E, [email protected]

Extension and Project Resources


AAEP ieAfghan Ag logos contributing extension and training materials to e-Afghan Ag - providing credible relevant materials to those helping farmers in Afghanistan.