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harvesting kits and learned new methods of harvesting, processing and packaging. Project impacts:

  • Farmers received $440 per kilo last year

  • Farmers received $1,400 per kilo this year after the training

  • Improved saffron quality that meets international standards

    • Introduced Afghan saffron to new domestic and international markets

    • Increased income level of saffron farmers

    • Influenced farmers to cultivate saffron rather than other illicit products

FIELD ACTIVITIES – NORTH

EDP continued to evaluate the efficacy of the project’s interventions in the regional poultry sector by conducting site visits to ten (two female operated) commercial poultry farms in Baharak, Jurm, Shohada and Faizabad districts. In addition, these visits facilitated the farmers to discuss the issues they were facing. As a result, on the 25th – 26th November EDP conducted a series of one-day workshops with 24 regional poultry farmers to discuss winter poultry management systems and caution management for preventing epidemics of poultry diseases. In In December the project also facilitated 12 poultry farmers to visit each other’s farms to share best practices, enhancing the participant’s individual awareness of poultry management practices.

The project conducted a series of meetings with two Faizabad based shoe-makers to discuss the problems and challenges for the establishment of related businesses in Badakhshan. As a result EDP has developed a business development assistance package to begin the establishment of a leather working centre in Faizabad. The establishment of ventures in new sectors outside of traditional, and consequently heavily saturated sectors, is vital for stimulating an entrepreneurial culture that capitalizes on regional potentials.

On 3rd December two female poultry farmers from Faizabad participated in an exposure visit to high performance poultry farms in Kabul. This visit introduced them to the practices, techniques and needs of other national market actors. The visit also exposed them to the operations of new technologies including poultry hatching and feed production, in order to increase the participants’ knowledge of the commercial poultry sector. This intervention was conceived to provide participants who have demonstrated sufficient business potential with the technical knowledge to expand their operations, whilst demonstrating possibilities that are outside the limited outlook offered by the cultural and geographical isolation of women in Badakhshan. It is expected that this intervention will be instrumental in stimulating the participants to expand their respective ventures.

On 26th November and 16th of December, ASMED supported Business Service Providers (BSPs) conducted two training workshops for 30 female entrepreneurs from the Faizabad Women’s Business Center (WBC). These training workshops addressed,

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