Our Afghan programme offers an integrated approach to agriculture and soil and water conservation. The programme will bolster local decision-making structures to support the ongoing development of the people.
Caritas is supporting a rural development programme in Bamyan province in Afghanistan. Our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS - a US-based Caritas member) is working with communities on soil and water conservation to better manage watersheds and the steep slopes that surround deep, green valleys. The technique used reduces flooding and erosion, and is gradually greening formerly barren hillsides. Since we started the programme pasture density has increased by 82 per cent.
The multi-faceted programme also works with savings groups of men and women, to improve their ability to provide food and earn income from products such as wheat, potatoes, vegetables, sewing and handicrafts.