Support to the Development of Agriculture Private Sector: Animal Health
|Donor / contractor||European Union|
|Period||December 2013 – December 2017|
|Area||17 provinces in Afghanistan|
The implementation period of this EU project is four years, and the total budget amounts to over € 6,9 million. The area covered by this project is substantial, encompassing seventeen provinces in all regions of Afghanistan. About 85 staff are involved in implementation of the project. Some 701,000 Afghan farmers benefit from the interventions in this project.
The main objectives of this EU project are:
- To improve the overall animal health status nation-wide through strengthening of service provision and linking between public and private sectors
- To increase quality and quantity of animal products through improved animal husbandry and animal health
- To establish and maintain a consistent Monitoring & Evaluation system endorsed by all stakeholders
- To provide relevant recommendations for future development of public-private partnerships
- Support 307 existing and 31 new VFUs
- Capacity building of VFUs
- Coordination with other stakeholders to develop nationwide best practice models
- Establish standardised monitoring, evaluation and documentation systems for all stakeholders
- Facilitate linking of VFUs with the public sector through the Sanitary Mandate Contracting Scheme
- Promote the One Health approach
- Introduce new extension packages on Kuchi, and on Veterinary Public Health
- Support Self-Help Groups
- Provide subsidised deworming and vaccination campaigns for the poorest farmers.
This EU project plays a key role in the DCA programme, as it allows DCA to fill the gaps in the existing VFU animal health network in Afghanistan. The project also offers DCA-VET the opportunity to take the lead in communication between all stakeholders in the livestock sector. By organising workshops, conferences and meetings DCA will be building a platform to share knowledge on livestock issues.