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Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have 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.

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Improve the quality of life of ordinary citizens by working with communities and local leaders to create and strengthen sustainable, legitimate livelihoods. Promote gender integration and equal opportunities for women and girls.

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Latitude: 30.3
Longitude: 66.84

Program Details

  • 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
  • Environment: Identify and address natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water development
  • Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses

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  • Population (2014 est.): 31.8 million
  • UN Human Development Index rank: 169 (out of 187)
  • Mercy Corps has worked here since 1986

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