December 14, 2014

On December 14, 2014, MADERA and Relief International hosted an information sharing workshop to discuss the development of the Agriculture Private Sector in Afghanistan, specifically related to Animal Health and Animal Husbandry. Participants included representatives from the government, NGOs, International agencies, the private sector and community members.

Animal Health Service Providers sharing experiences

Kabul, Dec. 2014

MADERA, working in partnership with Relief International, is implementing a four year project entitled, “Support to Animal Health and Animal Husbandry”, funded by the European Commission.  Livestock plays a key role in the livelihood strategies of most rural households in Afghanistan. Over the past 30 years however, livestock activities have been adversely affected by civil strife, drought and insecurity. In order to protect and improve the benefits that people derive from livestock, it is integral that farmers become aware about how to keep animals healthy, productive and utilize their products in an economical and profitable way. To do this, MADERA and Relief International are supporting and expanding veterinary infrastructure and services. The project is being implemented in Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, Wardak, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Kapisa and Nimroz provinces of Afghanistan.

The workshop included a presentation by AHDP (Animal Husbandry Development Project) which gave an overview on livestock contribution to the Afghan economy, and expected results over the next 10 years.  A panel discussion was also held, facilitated by Dr. Susan Chadima of the AHDP to exchange best practices among stakeholders of the animal health sector and to discuss among other topics, how to improve veterinarian services, privatization of veterinarian services, and new techniques to diagnose or prevent disease among livestock. In the afternoon, animal health service providers (veterinarians/para-veterinarians, and basic veterinarian workers) and farmers shared their individual experiences in the project areas.

Discussion points brought up by the AHSPs included the need for:

  • District level labs to diagnose animal diseases
  • Quality vaccines and medicines
  • Smaller bottles of vaccines to reduce waste and increase profit

Female farmer from Bamyan, Kabul, Dec. 2014

Local farmers also came to the workshop to share their experiences, such as the female farmer from Bamyan, pictured above: “Extension work is a good method to increase the awareness of animal husbandry. Now we know about how to better care for our animals, the proper conditions for animal barns, and better milking techniques.”


The participants were very active in the discussions, and the workshop provided a good forum for stakeholders involved in all sectors of animal health to share their experiences.  The concerns that were brought up will continue to be shared during monthly coordination meetings.  

VFU Billboard, Behsud I, Wardak