At least three-fourths of the 23 million people living in rural Afghanistan depend on livestock for food and income. Years of conflict have left many of these families without adequate animal feed or veterinary services, putting their livestock — and their livelihoods — at risk.
Relief International, with funding from the EU and in partnership with the international rural development organization MADERA (Mission d'Aide au Développement des Economies Rurales), re-establishes reliable veterinary care for the animals of these families, and also offers training in effective animal husbandry.
The four-year program operates in highly volatile districts, including Kunar, Kapisa, Ghazni and Nimroz. It aims to improve animal health services and to educate farmers on animal husbandry best practices.
Given the importance of livestock in the rural economy, expanding livestock production and increasing animal productivity have the potential to significantly improve rural livelihoods. In order to best serve the people of these districts, RI works to:
- Improve livestock shelter conditions
- Improve feeding and nutrition of animals
- Disseminate animal husbandry best practices
- Improve the quality of animal health services, including the establishment of new providers in provinces with little coverage
- Strengthen the partnership between public and private animal health sectors
- Increase the demand for quality, private health services