Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility

Comprehensive Agriculture and Rural Development Facility (CARD-F)

CARD-F is a joint entity established under the auspices of Agriculture & Rural Development (ARD) Cluster ministries, it is administered by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) and the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN).CARD-F is managed by Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC). The IMC is chaired by the MCN with membership currently drawn from MAIL, MRRD and Ministry of Finance (MoF). It is led by an Executive Director (ED) of CARD-F, who reports to the IMC.CARD-F seeks to build prosperous rural and pastoral communities. its aim also reflect the objective of the GoIRA ARD cluster. CARD-F will achieve this by developing Economic Development Packages (EDPs). These comprise interventions to improve the performance and sustainability of agricultural value chains through investments in rural infrastructure, markets as well as farm and off-farm production. CARD-F national and provincial offices are established, staffed and operational in Balkh, Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Kabul provinces

Mission: CARD-F's mission is to promote sustainable growth in legal rural incomes and employment.

Goals: CARD-F Seeks to: Increase legal employment and income opportunities through more efficient agricultural and rural enterprise markets in priority districts;Reduce risk of a resurgence in poppy cultivation in and around key economic hubs in Afghanistan, by creating commercially viable and sustainable alternatives for farmers to earn licit income;attain greater impact and leverage from existing, district-level programmes through improved alignment, coordination and integration of Government and donor support to agriculture and rural development;Develop key interventions to address bottlenecks to legal livelihoods through additional top-up or gap-filling resources;Improve government capacity to lead and coordinate donor initiatives to deliver provincial and district-level programs to enhance economic growth and incomes.

Strategic Objectives: CARD-F will: • Identify, expedite, coordinate and monitor the deployment of ARD Cluster ministries' technical expertise so that EDPs can be implemented.

• Develop CARD-F's leadership, management, technical and operational capability so that it becomes a recognized centre of excellence within Afghanistan for its infrastructure, agricultural and market development initiatives.

• Contribute to Government policy on agricultural, infrastructure and market development.

• Improve the quality of development interventions for the rural development.

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CARD-F, News letters:

  1. July-August  2016
  2. Nov-Dec  2016
  3. March-April  2017
  4. July-August 2017