Strategic Plan 2010 - 2012
I. Common Themes
1.1. Community Outreach
Since 2005, MADERA has been implementing the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in each village, a community development council (CDC) is elected, and is responsible for establishing a community development plan and identifying priority projects (roads, schools, channels ...).
MADERA’s objective is to develop this community-based approach, which establishes the villagers as true partners, in all programs conducted by MADERA.
MADERA is vigilant about the long-term impact of its programs on the environment. Some actions, such as the forestry conservation, rangeland management or promotion of passive solar houses, directly affect the preservation of natural resources. The 2010-2012 guidelines affirm the will of MADERA to implement its actions in a sustainable manner.
1.3. Human Resources and Training of Staff
MADERA pays particular attention to improving the skills of its employees. In 2010-2012, efforts will be made in training Afghan staff.
1.4. Monitoring and Evauation
The monitoring and evaluation department ensures the quality control and relevance of conducted programs. Eventually, the association hopes to be able to assess the degree of responsibility of communities, as well as the coverage of their needs.
Despite the difficulties associated with the role of women in Afghan society, MADERA strives to promote the employment of women among its salaried staff and create favorable conditions for their integration.
II. Regional Activities
2.1. Eastern Provinces (Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan)
In recent years the Eastern provinces have become highly insecure due to the massive presence of insurgents and international military forces. Fortunately, civil society actors (NGOs, businesses ...) have also invested a lot in the lower valleys of Laghman and Kunar and their work has led to significant improvement in the socio-economic conditions of people living in these areas. Thus, positive changes are noticeable in herd management, orchard recovery and market production. People still express needs in agricultural needs (advice), irrigation, livestock (production value), income-generating activities (development and promotion of handicrafts) and infrastructure.
It should nevertheless be noted that the development of this aid has not been uniform and many mountainous areas, which are inaccessible and often dangerous, have been largely neglected by reconstruction actors.
Between 2010-2012, MADERA will endeavour to carry out a study of the actions that have been implemented over the years to determine its new areas of intervention in these areas.
Due to a significant improvement of the socio-economic conditions in the districts of Behsud 1 and 2, largely due to road development in the province, MADERA has decided to refocus its activities in the more remote areas of the region.
In parallel, MADERA continues to implement emergency projects (food security and access to water), multi-sectoral rural development projects (agriculture, arboriculture, crafts ...), and projects to support groups or associations in the more developed areas (taking into account the needs of the people, support for community reflection and structuring their project application).
In 2010-2012, the focus will be on issues related to identifying new fruit tree species adapted to the harsh climate, improving storage conditions for the produce, cultivating potatoes and other adapted vegetables, developing market chains, giving advice with regards to the use of improved seeds, expanding work on irrigated land, consolidating the operations of Veterinarian Field Units (VFUs), increasing the number of Passive Solar Houses (PSH), monitoring supply chains, and implementing a pilot program in pasture management.
Ghor, an extremely isolated region, regularly experiences chronic food insecurity due to recurrent droughts. Security is precarious and MADERA is sometimes forced to discontinue its actions for short periods. Projects implemented in the region are supporting activities in farming, arboriculture and agriculture, civil engineering activities and the NSP program.
In 2010-2010, MADERA will continue the National Solidarity Program and rehabilitation projects (agriculture, livestock, orchards), start projects in more remote areas such as Talmestan, introduce pasture regeneration activities, harvesting potatoes, and extend the construction of passive solar greenhouses (PSH).
III. Activities by Sector
3.1. Animal Husbandry
MADERA carries out activities in animal husbandry, essential in Afghanistan, in all of the provinces in which we work. Animal husbandry is about providing advice to farmers on livestock management, supporting farmers associations, contributing to mineral additives for livestock, supporting artificial insemination methods, and improving stables.
Over the coming years, the focus will be on activities to improve living conditions for livestock (improved stables), and breeding (support for artificial insemination), transferring knowledge (monitoring herd population trends), as well as experiments (developing a methodology for pasture management).
3.2. Animal Health
Through a network of Veterinary Field Units (VFU), funded by the European Union, MADERA provides support and advice to Afghan animal health services in Kunar, Nuristan, Laghman and Wardak. This work will continue.
MADERA’s agricultural programs consist of distributing and disseminating technologies through demonstration farms, distributing and producing improved wheat, seeds, vegetables, and fertilizers. These activities are carried out in Ghor and Behsud where the emphasis is on improving food security.
3.4. Arboriculture, Horticulture, and Forest Protection
MADERA implements forestry activities in the Eastern provinces, and horticultural activities in the East, in Ghor and in Wardak. The main actions include operation demonstration plots, supporting private nurseries and orchards, training, supporting producers' associations, and protecting the forest. These activities will continue.
The supported handicraft activities (distribution of spinning wheels, support for producers' associations ...) are intended to provide additional income to households.