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visit has been influential in helping the CoC develop its rationale for its continued operation and to explore strategies for building its capacity.

On 22 – 23rd of November EDP conducted a two-day workshop with 25 members of the Jurm, Baharak, Khosh and Shohada Honey Producers’ Associations. The workshop covered issues such as bee management, precautionary systems to control the penetration of disease, and also the formation of a provincial wide association. The project facilitated the visit by a honeybee specialist from MAIL to participate in the workshop. On 17th of December 2007 EDP conducted a one-day follow up workshop with 22 members of the four honey producers’ associations to discuss their immediate requirements for forming a provincial based association. The information acquired from these sessions will assist the association formation strategy for 2008.

On 6th of December 2007 EDP conducted a workshop with ten members of the Baharak Honey Producers’ Association to discuss strategies for marketing their products in provinces outside of Badakhshan. It is expected that the association will take a lead in 2008 in marketing the ‘Badakhshan Honey’ brand in other provinces, increasing sales for its membership and securing the financial self-sufficiency of the association.

FIELD ACTIVITIES – SOUTH

A women carpet weaving association was established in Kandahar. The new association then held an election to select members of the steering committee. Around 60 women participated and a director, deputy director, finance director and secretary were elected. Draft by-laws have been developed with the close help of the board of directors of the associations.

Met with the steering committee of the carpentry and embroidery association members regarding associations by-laws. A link has been established between the carpentry association and the Department of Education of Kandahar in case if they need any furniture, chairs, or tables.

Met with construction companies and brick makers regarding the establishment of new associations.

Registration process with the concerned ministries has been completed for the women handicraft association and is on-going for the carpentry association.

ABOVE: The newly furnished office of the ZandaJan Women’s Association in Herat.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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