Partnerships are playing an ever-increasing role in Afghanistan's post-war development.
As the seed sector in Afghanistan is being rebuilt and strengthened in the post-war phase, public-private-producers’ partnerships are playing an important role in increasing agricultural production and productivity and enhancing food and nutritional security in the country. Recently, a brainstorming session was conducted under the aegis of the European Union funded project entitled “Strengthening Seed Certification System through Public-Private-Producers’ Partnership in Afghanistan” to discuss the modalities of public-private-producers’ partnership for seed certification. The participants included national and international organizations, public and private sector representatives, progressive farmers, donor agencies, and different divisions of ministries. This project is being implemented by ICARDA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
The discussion highlighted the need to review the existing seed certification process and seed law before the project inception workshop to identify the gaps. For this, field inspections and seed testing may be carried out by the private sector with representation from the public sector. It was also acknowledged that permitting the private laboratories to do the seed certification based on annual performance may enhance entrepreneurship and rural job employment for youth and women. Various measures were discussed to make the Public-Private-Producers’ Partnership (PPPP) model sustainable.
This project is expected to help develop a collaborative business model of seed certification in Afghanistan and assist in the process of bringing all the seed value chain stakeholders to a common platform to cater to the needs of resource poor farmers.
ICARDA’s Community Livestock and Agriculture Project (CLAP), which is funded by IFAD and is being implemented jointly with MAIL, is also drawing recognition for its successful implementation. On 27th July, 2015, H.E. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock was present at a field day, along with 204 men and women farmers and Parwan University students on a pea demo-plot in Bagram district of Parwan, organized by CLAP. Acknowledging the initiatives of CLAP in capacity building and introducing higher yielding crops, the Minister wrote on his Facebook page that the project has established demo-plots on improved seed of wheat and also 137 demo-plots on legumes such as mung bean, pea and chick pea for improving crop diversity in Kabul, Logar and Parwan provinces.