Community Livestock and Agricultural Program – Livestock Development among the Kuchi project

Donor IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
Contractor MAIL (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock)
Period February 2014 – January 2020
Area Kabul, Parwan, Logar

The Kuchi are Afghanistan’s nomadic pastoralists, forming 8-10% of the total population. They live primarily in the rural areas of the country, and migrate seasonally with their herds over vast tracts of the country’s rangelands. The Kuchi are a vulnerable population, but one which contribute significantly to the livestock sector. Part of the Kuchi nomads have settled over the last decades, but still consider themselves as Kuchi.

CLAP KuchiThe objective of the CLAP-Kuchi livestock project is to enhance livelihoods of Kuchi and their resilience against predictable livestock hazards. The project targets both migratory pastoralists and settled Kuchi. The CLAP project increases Kuchi food security and income through livestock interventions and through development of alternative livelihoods for settled Kuchi.

The project targets more than 27,000 households in three central Afghan provinces, i.e. Kabul, Parwan, and Logar. More than one million animals are involved.

Activities include:

  • Development of mobile VFUs to improved Kuchi access to quality veterinary services
  • Training of Kuchi BVWs, travelling with their migratory groups
  • Vaccination and deworming campaigns
  • Extension campaigns and research to improve year-round feeding
  • Establishing of feed banks along the migration routes of Kuchi
  • Development of profitable value chains for mobile as well as settled Kuchi
  • Development of a community action plan and training in alternative livelihoods for settled Kuchi
  • Restocking of small ruminant animals by means of a credit-in-kind system for mobile Kuchi who lost the majority of their herd