His Excellency Mr. Asadullah Zamir, Afghanistan’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock awarded a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge the success of IFAD-funded CLAP (Community-based Agriculture and Livestock Project). The letter was presented on 27th February in Parwan province of Afghanistan to Dr. Yashpal Saharawat, ICARDA’s Afghanistan Country Manager. The appreciation certificate, attested by the Provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development (PRRD) director, Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL) director and District Development Assembly (DDA) representatives, acknowledged the project’s excellent management, and hard work of the project staff in serving the people of Afghanistan.
CLAP is a research and development initiative of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) aiming to improve food and feed crops for the farmers and seed systems with the help of ICARDA’s research and capacity development expertise. The initiative, started in 2014, has introduced new improved varieties of wheat and legume crops with improved crop management practices to the farmers in Parwan, Kabul and Logar provinces. The CLAP initiative is restoring and modernizing Afghanistan’s agricultural sector and helping farmers improve both crop and livestock productivity.
Later His Excellency visited ICARDA’s South Asia office in New Delhi on 29th February, 2016, in the presence of Dr. Sanjay Rajaram, the World Food Prize Laureate. A detailed discussion was held on wheat production and the role of germplasm and agronomic practices in enhancing production. ICARDA’s regional activities and their linkage with Afghanistan program were also elaborated.