Mercy Corps has been working in Afghanistan since 1986. 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.
Due to a worsening economy and a growing youth population, many people are unable to find suitable work. Currently, over 70% of the population is under the age of 30, and 400,000 young people reach working age yearly — there are not enough jobs available to meet their employment needs.
Climate change and challenges in managing natural resources have increased conflict in recent years. Approximately 75% of Afghans are at risk of their land becoming desert, particularly in rural areas.
- Agricultural Development: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure improvements and links to local and global markets.
- Youth Programs: Providing young people with vocational training and support to start small businesses.
- Environment: Addressing natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water management.
- Renewable Energy Installing solar systems in community spaces to support economic growth and better access to social services, like schools and health clinics.
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses.
Afghanistan: Supporting Themselves Through Agriculture
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
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
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
Afghanistan: Improving water distribution for farms and orchards
Afghanistan: Shamsia: Profile of a Borrower
My name is Shamsia. I am 31 years old and am from Kabul. I run a school for women where they learn how to sew, embroider, make jewelry, produce ‘chapans' (a traditional Afghan costume) and weave.
Afghanistan: Life in Shashtepa Takes a Turn For The Better
Afghanistan: A Story of Glitter and Plastic Flowers
Afghanistan: Q&A: Afghanistan, Five Years After the Taliban Fell
Afghanistan: Forsaking the Flower for a More Hopeful Future
As Afghanistan struggles to lift itself from decades of conflict and oppression, a flower threatens to keep its society down.