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: 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.
Afghanistan: Afghan women learning skills toward independence January 5, 2009
Afghanistan is one of the world’s least developed countries. Most women in Afghanistan are wholly dependent upon their husbands and sons, and many are illiterate. Women are an especially vulnerable part of the Afghan population.