The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) is one of the key agricultural and rural development programs of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA). CARD-F aims to increase employment, income and business opportunities for rural masses through the design, facilitation and implementation of commercially viable agricultural value chains supplemented with rural infrastructure projects in the target provinces of Afghanistan.

As a model of cross-ministry collaboration, CARD-F is governed by an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) that consists of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the Ministry of Finance.

Funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and Danish Fund (DANIDA), CARD-F provides needs-based support and services to facilitate growth in legal rural income and employment by providing alternative livelihood opportunities.

Our Objectives:

The Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development-Facility (CARD-F) follows the below objectives:

  • Increase licit rural employment and income;
  • Stimulate private sector investment in agriculture sector in Afghanistan;
  • Transform agriculture from subsistence to commercial; and
  • Strengthen selected agriculture Value Chains in Afghanistan.

Our Approach:

CARD-F provides value-chain-oriented services through the design, implementation and facilitation of Economic Development Packages (EDPs) to address the important needs of rural communities in various provinces. First CARD-F identifies the needs, and then identifies the challenge and bottlenecks that prevents people from accessing their needs, finally designs and implements the packages that potentially tackle and address the challenges.

Where we work?

Currently CARD-F is working in the below provinces of Afghanistan:

  • Nangarhar
  • Kunar
  • Laghman
  • Khost
  • Logar
  • Kabul
  • Parwan
  • Kapisa
  • Balkh
  • Badakhshan
  • Takhar
  • Herat
  • Helmand
  • Kandahar

Our Achievements to Date:

  • Created more than 12,500 employment opportunities through its support to different value chains and increased rural net income to USD 9.14 million.
  • Stimulated more than USD 13 million of private sector investments in agricultural value chains.
  • Trained more than 8 thousand farmers in good practices for vegetable, poultry, dairy, honey, cotton production and access to national and international markets.

Contact Details:

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock compound, Jamal Mena, Kart-e-Sakhi, Kabul, Afghanistan