Regional Agricultural Development Program – North
|Contractor||Development Alternatives Inc.|
|Period||August 28th, 2014 – May 20th, 2019|
|Area||Jowzjan, Balk, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Samangan, and Baghlan provinces|
The Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP) is an Afghanistan-wide programme, funded by USAID, to assist the country in its efforts to improve food and economic security for rural Afghans. The programme works in four regions: North, South, East, and West. In February 2014, DCA was already awarded a subcontract for the RADP programme in the Southern region. In October 2014, the subcontract of the RADP-North project was signed, followed by the RADP-West project in March 2015. The prime contractor of RADP-South and RADP-West is Chemonics International Inc.. The prime contractor of RADP-N on the other hand is Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI).
The RADP-North project focusses on the provinces of Jowzjan, Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Samangan, and Baghlan. Implementation will last more than four years until May 20th, 2019. In the targeted provinces, DCA develops a value chain strategy to improve farmer productivity and small ruminant business profitability. DCA strengthens the value chain by creating new VFUs, and by providing livestock extension. Till 2017, DCA was also expected to develop supporting markets for sheep and goats. However, from 2017 onwards, USAID decided to transfer the value chain oriented activities to DAI itself. DCA now focusses on the VFU support related activities of the RADP-North project.
It is expected that within 2.5 years, 4,000 livestock farmers will have an increase in income of 10%. Within 5 years, 17,500 livestock farmers should experience an increase in income of even 20%. At the end of the contract period, total sales within the value chain will be increased by at least US$ 4 million. To promote empowerment of Afghan women, the DCA RADP-North project strives to ensure that at least 30% of the beneficiaries will be women.