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.
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.
- 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
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Well worth the effort July 28, 2009
For most of us, putting a meal on the table involves a trip to the store to purchase food and some time in the kitchen to prepare it.
Afghanistan: Renewing a family’s dream of land June 30, 2009
Afghanistan: Optimism and Hope Takes Root March 13, 2009
Afghanistan: Cooking Up Yogurt With Syeed March 6, 2009
Afghanistan: Trial By Fire March 6, 2009
Stepping into Nasrin's small bakery in the outskirts of Kabul, you can't help but notice the black. It covers all four walls from floor to ceiling and is caked into the platter-sized hole in the floor that is the oven.
Afghanistan: The Fruits of a New Beginning March 6, 2009
The roads leading outside of Takhar are lined with 10-foot-tall walls, a long line of mud and rock that stretches on for at least five miles.
Afghanistan: Nurturing New Growth March 6, 2009
Afghanistan: Supporting Themselves Through Agriculture March 3, 2009
As Afghanistan struggles to recover from 30 years of conflict and the global food crisis, Mercy Corps – in continuous operation there since 1986 – is helping hardworking Afghans regain their ability to support their families with dignity.
Afghanistan: Running Water Uphill January 23, 2009
Following Agha Mohammad up the steep slope behind his family farm is not an easy task. While the lean 25-year-old glided up the well-worn path, his hands locked calmly behind his back, I had to stop at least twice to catch my breath.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps mourns loss of Dr. Wasi Kohistani January 20, 2009
Mercy Corps is deeply saddened to report one of its staff members in Afghanistan was killed in an automobile accident on Friday. Dr.