Thursday, 11 May 2017
Afghanistan agriculture & rural development
The agriculture and rural development sector is one of the priorities of the Government of Afghanistan, supported by the major donors of the international community. The agriculture and food security interventions play a significant role in favor of the rural population and the poorest, who live mainly from subsistence agriculture. An estimated 75% of the population of Afghanistan live in rural areas, where agriculture is the primary living and economic source. The agriculture sector contributes about half of the country’s GDP (excluding the Opium economy), although only 12% of the country’s 65 million hectares of land is arable and only 40% of agricultural land is irrigated. Agriculture is therefore fundamental for the growth and development of the rural economy in Afghanistan as well as for its contribution to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs), set by the UN in 2015, to be achieved by 2030.