Enable Afghans to improve their quality of life by helping them build sustainable, legitimate livelihoods.
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 young people with vocational training and support to start small businesses.
- Environment: Addressing natural resource depletion by promoting solar energy and educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water management.
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses.
- Children & Youth: Supporting healthy development by providing opportunities for peer engagement and social inclusion.
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: New book honors Afghan women entrepreneurs
International Women’s Day reminds me of the many courageous women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting during my last years at Mercy Corps. In all corners of the globe, women work tirelessly — sometimes against incredible odds — to build better, more prosperous and peaceful lives for their families.
Afghanistan: When entrepreneurs need a boost
Afghanistan: Searching for the next Frank Perdue
Afghanistan: Better than meeting Springsteen
Some people are thrilled to meet rock stars or celebrities. I, on the other hand, get really excited about meeting grape growers.
Afghanistan: Afghan farmers get noticed by NY Times
I'm a big consumer of news, and sometimes I get tired of reading about the same old cadre of high-profile folks: politicians, celebrities, big business types — the "news makers." It's rare to hear about how current events impact normal people; even rarer to hear about the impoverished and voicele
Afghanistan: Losing some preconceptions in Afghanistan
I should know by now, but the important lessons are always worth repeating. Although blessed with the opportunity to travel often, I packed a lot of preconceptions when I set out for Afghanistan; this country that dominates our headlines but whose people we know so little.
Afghanistan: Greening Afghanistan
I’m just going to say it — people think of Afghanistan as a pile of rocks. I see where the mental image comes from; photos on the news do seem to showcase the sand and rocks in their effort to capture the grittiness of soldiers at war. But I know an Afghanistan of a different color: green.
Afghanistan: From our photo library
This photograph is from Afghanistan in 2008. The woman’s hurried gait is exaggerated by the camera’s motion and I can’t help but wonder what’s on her mind and where she’s going with such purpose and concentration.
Afghanistan: Almonds for Afghanistan: A farmer tries his hand at a high-value crop
I picked my way gingerly though the rows of young, green wheat as our host, farmer Ahmed Shah*, the Mercy Corps project manager and a few agriculture experts strode ahead across the field.
Afghanistan: Irrigation canal saves 600 Afghan households
Ortabuz is a small village in the east of Afghanistan’s Takhar Province. At least 600 families are living in this small and green village. The people of Ortabuz are mostly farmers and each family have one or two jerib — about one-half to one full acre — of land for planting of crops.