Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project II (AAEP II)
The Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project II (AAEP II) aims to exchange information and transfer knowledge through a participatory, demand-driven service directly assisting Afghanistan’s district farmers.
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In conjunction with the Government of Afghanistan, a consortium of leading American land grant universities – University of California Davis, Washington State University, Purdue University, University of Maryland, and Texas A&M University – works to reinvigorate agricultural extension networks and systems in five of Afghanistan’s provinces. These universities, along with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAILs), and regional Afghan universities, collaborate to deliver high-quality agricultural training.
The outcomes of the project include building demand driven extension programs, trainings to develop technical and management skills in the provinces, increasing livestock production for household health, and building effective communication models for project stakeholders to exchange information. This communication process is aided by annual extension conferences that bring DAIL extension workers together with MAIL to develop national priorities and programming. This then allows for the successful and effective projects to be scaled up throughout Afghanistan while being sensitive to the local, cultural, and resource needs of each region.