In Afghanistan, 73% of families live in rural areas and are dependent on livestock and subsistence farming. These families are the main beneficiaries of DCA. By improving the health and production of their livestock we strive to lift them out of poverty and improve their quality of life. This applies particularly to the very poor, women, and the Kuchi, the Afghan pastoralists, who all need our support.
Many very poor farmers are engaged in subsistence livestock keeping, but cannot afford to pay for veterinary services. For them, DCA organises livestock vaccination and awareness campaigns. Moreover, these poor farmers receive in-kind and technical support to improve the production of their livestock. By developing livestock value chains DCA offers them new opportunities to improve their standard of living.
Women in Afghanistan are marginalised and vulnerable. They are largely uneducated and illiterate. Many of them are confined to their homes without any economic prospects. To empower Afghan women, DCA organises special female extension groups and self-help groups. In these groups the women are encouraged to improve the production of their livestock and where possible to start their own small business. Read more
The nomadic Kuchi possess 50% of the total livestock population in Afghanistan. However, they have limited access to veterinary services. To solve this problem, DCA trains Kuchi paravets and Basic Veterinary Workers who migrate together with the Kuchi herds. In addition, sedentary VFUs are located where possible adjacent to Kuchi migration routes. Read more
Annually, more than 10 million families, farmers, and VFU staff benefit from DCA projects, either directly or indirectly. Some 20,000 receive direct support from DCA, for example through training, in extension meetings, or in value chain development. Another million is indirectly benefitting, mainly thanks to the veterinary services and extension meetings provided by the VFUs. In addition, millions of families benefit from the DCA seasonal extension messages broadcasted by radio.