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Jim Hill, Associate Dean International Programs

Capacity Building and Research Projects

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UC Davis has provided technical assistance, education, training and materials to support Afghanistan. The focus has been primarily on horticulture and extension

  • AAEP (Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project). UC Davis is managing a consortium of Land Grant universities to help strengthen Agricultural Extension in Afghanistan. Funded by USDA, the project began in October 2011 with the aim to build on previous extension related activities. The collaborating universities will work together across a range of technical and extension issues to strengthen national capacity. In particular, a presence and demonstration farm will be established in Kabul (UC Davis) and in the provinces of Balkh (UC Davis), Nangarhar (Washington State University) and Herat (Purdue). Other partners, including the University of Maryland, will provide input on Women in Agriculture and other key development issues. For more, See AAEP Contacts.
  • eAfghan Ag is an on-line project that provides credible, relevant information to those helping farmers in Afghanistan. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, the started in September 2010 and will run for 3 years. The project provides credible, relevant infomration to those helping farmers in Afghanistan. The project also has an "Ask the expert" feature. See eAfghan Ag Contacts. Mark Bell and Wil Agatstein
  • Knowledge Management. UC Davis manages the Afghan Ag repository which provides information to Agricultural sector workers in Afghanistan. The repository provides information on a range of topics drawing on contributions from over 20 organizations active in Afghanistan.Afghan Ag KB
  • Af-Pak. Starting in 2011, UC Davis is leading a multi-campus project to strengthen extension capacity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Funded by USDA, the consortia includes UC Davis, Iowa State University, Maryland University, Purdue University, Washington State University. A series of in-country workshops are planned to strengthen both technical skills and delivery approaches. Contacts. Jim Hill and Mark Bell
  • ADT workshop. In 2011, a team of 11 Kentucky National Guard participated in a workshop at UC Davis to orient them for their project in Afghanistan. The workshop covered tips on effectively working in Afghanistan, plus extension and train-the-trainer sessions. Technical Field programs visited some of the major crops and livestock the group will see in country. Contacts: Mark Bell and Corky Lovin
  • MAIL consultation. In 2010, Dr Jim Hill worked with colleagues from other US institutes and Afghan counterparts to develop a research strategy for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Contact. Jim Hill 
  • Curriculum development. A USAID funded curriculum development project (A4) partnering with Purdue to strengthen agricultural curricula at 4 Agricultural universities in Afghanistan. The project ran from 2006 to 2010 and produced a number of materials presently being used by Afghan counterparts for teaching soils. Contacts. Tom Rost, Nick Madden and Mark Bell
  • Extension development. UC Davis led a consortia of universities (Cornell and Purdue) (2008-2010) to strengthen the Ministry extension efforts - with as focus on horticultural crops. The USDA FAS funded project has involved in-country training and workshops. Contacts. Jim Hill and Mark Bell
  • Horticulture support. Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP). A USAID-funded project (2007-2010) to strengthen horticulture skills in Afghanistan. Working with Chemonics, UC Davis provided technical support and developed a range of materials made available through the Afghan Ag repository
  • Humphrey Fellowships - UC Davis hosted an Afghan fellow in 2006-2007 for a Humphrey Fellowship. Contacts: Mark Bell and Paul Marcotte
  • Almond Nursery development. An EU funded project with Roots of Peace (2007-2009) to enhance marketing opportunities and to enable Afghan nurserymen to produce better quality Almond trees. Contacts. Mark Bell and Corky Lovin
  • Pastoral Engagement, Adaptation and Capacity Enhancement (PEACE). An on-going USAID-funded project aimed at reducing the social and economic risks associated with livestock in Afghanistan. Link. Contact. Montague (Tag) Demment
  • Production Manual development. In association with IF Hope, we developed three production manuals (Citrus, Pomegranate and Stone Fruit). Manuals were translated into Pashto. Contacts. Louise Ferguson, Kitren Glozer and Mark Bell

Training courses

2012

  • Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training (ADAPT) UC Davis provides regular input on Extension and eAfghan Ag for groups being readied to work in Afghanistan. The input is part of the USDA sponsored week long training programs involving CSU Fresno, CSU Cal Poly, Southern Illinois university and Colorado State University. Courses have been given in January, March, April, May and June. Leads: Mark Bell and Wil Agatstein

  • Af-Pak workshop. Extension - Capacity building. UC Davis led a consortium of Land Grant Universities (Iowa State, Maryland, and Washington State) to provide a 5 day workshop for key extension members from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The workshop was hosted by the University of Agriculture, Faisilabad. The workshop funded by USDA, focused on developing and delivering messages based on audience analysis and need. The workshop (May, 2012) is to have 24 participants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Contacts. Louise Ferguson and Terry Steinhart (ISU)

2011

  • Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training (ADAPT) UC Davis provides regular input on Extension and eAfghan Ag for groups being readied to work in Afghanistan. The input is part of the USDA sponsored week long training programs involving CSU Fresno, CSU Cal Poly, Southern Illinois university and Colorado State University. Courses have been given in September, November and December. Leads: Mark Bell and Wil Agatstein

  • Afghanistan. Extension Development. A two week course with 13 participants supported by the USDA Cochran program. Lead instructors: Corky Lovin

  • Af-Pak workshop. Extension - Capacity building. UC Davis led a consortium of Land Grant Universities (Iowa State, Maryland, and Washington State) to provide a 5 day workshop for key extension members from Pakistan and Afghanistan. The workshop was hosted by the University of Agriculture, Faisilabad. The workshop funded by USDA, focused on developing and delivering messages based on audience analysis and need. The workshop had 24 participants from both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Contacts. Louise Ferguson and Terry Steinhart (ISU)

2010

  • Afghanistan: University Curricula Needs Assessment A 1 week in-country consultation to assess university needs - focused on soils and agronomy. The consultation  was supported by USAID  through the UC Davis collaboration with the A4 program run by Purdue University. Participants were from the Ministry of Education and leading Afghan Universities. Lead: Nick Madden

  • Afghanistan: Livestock review A 1 week in-country consultation to review livestock management practices and to identify priorities. The consultation/workshop is to be supported by USAID  through the UC Davis collaboration with the A4 program run by Purdue University. Lead instructors: Ermias Kebreab

  • Afghanistan: Ministry information needs.  A 14 day consultation in Afghanistan to work with a group of experts to identify information and extension needs and to help draft a plan for the development of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. The program was managed by CIMMYT. Lead: Jim Hill

  • Afghanistan: University curriculum development. A 14 day course in-country training and consultation in Afghanistan to train ministry and university staff in curriculum development. The consultation was supported by USAID  through the UC Davis collaboration with the A4 program run by Purdue University. Lead: Tom Rost

2009

  • Afghanistan: Almond nursery management. A 10 day course conducted in Afghanistan to train ministry and local Almond nursery men in enhanced Almond nursery practices. The course with 40 participants was supported by the European Union in a project implemented with Roots of Peace. Lead instructors: Corky Lovin and John Driver
  • Afghanistan: Horticulture and extension. A 1 week course conducted in Afghanistan to train Ministry and non-profit technical and extension specialists in enhanced horticulture practices and more effective extension methods. The course with 40 participants was supported by USDA FAS. Lead instructors: Jim Hill, Cary Trexler, Louise Ferguson, Maboobullah Oryakhel (Cornell), Dan Egel (Purdue university) and Kraig Kraft
  • Afghanistan: Soil Laboratory. A 1 week course conducted in Afghanistan to train University staff in the planning and management of an analytical laboratory. The course with 40 participants was supported by USAID  through the A4 program run by Purdue University. Lead instructors: Nick Madden
  • Afghanistan: Agro-chemical safety. UC Davis developed the curriculum for a short pesticide safety course to be implemented by in-country partners to train agro-chemical retailers in safe and effective agro-chemical use. The course development was supported by USAID in the ASAP project supported by USAID. Lead developers: Frank Zalom, Mark Bell and Mark HendersonAlmond grove

2008

  • Afghanistan: Horticulture and extension. A 1 week course conducted in Afghanistan to train Ministry and non-profit technical and extension specialists in enhanced horticulture practices and more effective extension methods. The course with 40 participants was supported by USDA FAS. Lead instructors: Jim Hill, Louise Ferguson, Maboobullah Oryakhel (Cornell) and Jerry Peters (Purdue university)
  • Afghanistan. Agricultural extension development. A three week course conducted in California, Florida and Washington.  The course with 8 participants was supported by the USDA Cochran program. Lead instructor: Corky Lovin and Mark Bell
Kabul Market Jim
UC has worked to improve horticulture and extension to help raise farmer incomes and to deliver better products to market.

 

Kabul Market - UC Davis is working with a range of Afghan partners to increase information and market access and improve farmers incomes.