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Afghanistan Agriculture Extension Project II (AAEP II)​​

USAID’s Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project-II (AAEP-II) helps Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) deliver ​
effective services to rural clientele by strengthening cooperation and linkages between MAIL and the other government agencies like Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAILs).Herat Faculty of Ag Professor Amiri at AAEP PMTF.JPG

A key component of AAEP-II is the establishment of Provincial Model Teaching Farms (PMTF) in five core provinces (Balkh, Herat, Kabul, Nangarhar, and Parwan). Purdue leads the efforts in Herat Province. UC Davis, Washington State University, Texas A&M, and University of Maryland lead the efforts in the other targeted provinces. The PMTF provide small grants for lead farmers to replicate good practices on their farms where other farmers can learn from. The model farms give farmers an on-the-ground example of good practices, and access to trainers.


AAEP-II has four objectives:

  • Help agricultural extension workers to transfer useful information and technology to farmers.
  • Improve rural household food security and income generation.
  • Improve nutrition for farm households.
  • Improve agricultural services for women working in the agricultural sector.


  • Improved access to modern agricultural research for Afghan farmers.
  • Create a national cadre of professionals trained in modern agricultural techniques.
  • Make that cadre accessible to farmers across the country, including in rural and inaccessible regions.
  • Improved agricultural extension services for women and men.
  • Increased adoption of improved agricultural practices and technologies by farmers.
  • Increased horticultural sales.
  • Better access to vegetables and diet diversity for rural poor, via increased rural incomes.
  • Improved contribution of women to livestock health and production on participating farms.
  • Improved farmer technical knowledge on agricultural production, postharvest processing, and marketing.
  • Reduced postharvest losses, particularly in grain and horticultural produce.

AAEP-Herat Women's Training - Aug 8, 2015 (2).JPG

 PICS Afghanistan

  • Pistachio Budding Training - June 2015.pdf
  • Budding Training - June 2015.pdf
  • Squash Farmer Field School Training June 2015.pdf
  • Food Safety Training_August 2015.pdf
  • Pest Management Training Oct 2015.pdf
  • Wheat, Conservation Agriculture, Lettuce and Mulch Training Nov 2015.pdf
  • ​​​​​​​​​Water Quality, Pesticide Residue, and Food Safety Training Dec 2015.pdf
  • Farmer Field School Farmers to Help Increase Crop Yield.pdf
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​MungBean-Farmer Field School-Faqdan-Ghoryan.pdf
  • AAEPII PICS and DAIL Cooperative Dept Sept 2015.pdf

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