Investing in the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL/DAIL)
UC Davis led a 4-university consortium cooperative agreement funded by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) to help build the capacity of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and the provincial-level Directorates of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) in delivering effective extension services to rural clientele.
The consortium had the following partners: Purdue University, University of Maryland, Washington State University, the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan with UC Davis as the lead.
The project was designed to improve household food security and income generation through professional training in postharvest technology for grain (storage) and fresh market horticultural produce, conservation agriculture for wheat and other cereals, peri-urban protected horticulture, and practical management of ruminants and poultry. The collaborative efforts of this consortium improved the linkages between MAIL, local university faculty, vocational schools, the private sector and other information providers to strengthen MAIL/DAIL ownership in a viable extension system for Afghanistan.