Improve the quality of life of ordinary citizens by strengthening sustainable, legitimate livelihoods.
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos has left Afghanistan one of the world’s poorest and unstable nations. Eighty-five percent of the population relies on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, leaving them vulnerable in a precarious economy.
- Agriculture & Food: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure and links to local and global markets
- Economic opportunity: Providing training and work opportunities in areas ranging from road-building to poultry farming
- Water: Supporting equal, sustainable access to water resources for farmers
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst May 28, 2002
CHAMAN, Pakistan - Not a tree, bush or green living thing can be seen for miles. Dust-devils spot the arid landscape near the Pakistani town of Chaman, on the Afghan border. It is this hot, inhospitable place that over 33,000 Afghan refugees call home, for now.
Afghanistan: Overcoming Ethnic Divisions to Deliver Aid May 22, 2002
Afghanistan: A Man and A Country, Woven Together May 17, 2002
James Opie squats down and delicately runs his hands over a small square Afghan rug lying on the floor of his office in a warehouse in Portland, Oregon. His fingers trace its elaborate spiral patterns with a familiarity that suggests that they had followed a similar path many times before.
Afghanistan: Blind Chickens and Social Animals May 15, 2002
Blind Chickens and Social Animals: Creating Spaces for Afghan Women's Narratives under the Taliban, by Anna M. Pont Retail Price: $15.00
Afghanistan: Three strikes, but not out May 13, 2002
When Taj Mohammad graduated from Kabul University Law School 12 years ago he had a different idea of how his life would be today. A barrister by training, Mr. Mohammad lives with his wife, Nasreen, and six children in a tent provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
Afghanistan: Returning to the ruins of Dehwarian May 8, 2002
As I approached Dehwairan there was a crowd of men gathered on a hillside. They were exhuming mass graves left behind from the Taliban, hoping to find family members that were missing after the war. Ghosts passed by riding on donkeys.
Afghanistan: Rice, roads and little bit of hope May 6, 2002
"It is an impressive sight," enthuses Engineer Saddiq of Mercy Corps' Taloqan office.
Afghanistan: A powerful partnership in northern Afghanistan April 30, 2002
After six months of extreme challenges and rapidly changing circumstances, Mercy Corps, The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and World Vision International (WVI) are finishing a highly successful project in Northern Afghanistan.
Afghanistan: Dozens killed, 100 injured in new Afghan quake April 12, 2002
A third powerful earthquake to hit northern Afghanistan in less then two months has killed dozens of people and injured hundreds. The magnitude 5.8 quake struck early Friday morning and was centered near the village of Doabi in the Nahrin district about 100 miles north of Kabul.
Afghanistan: Giving back by going back April 9, 2002
He comes from a place called Sheen Kallay, or green village, but after fours years of drought there are only small patches of green near the southern Afghanistan hometown of Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti.