Dutch Committee for Afghanistan

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Addressing Poverty Through Livestock Empowerment

Afghanistan grapples with staggering poverty rates, with 36% of its population below the poverty line. Among its 35.5 million citizens, approximately 24 million reside in rural areas, heavily reliant on agriculture and animal husbandry for sustenance. Small ruminants, cattle, donkeys, and poultry form the backbone of rural livelihoods. Recognizing the pivotal role of livestock in Afghan daily life, the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (DCA) diligently works to enhance livestock health and productivity, thereby fortifying food security and augmenting household incomes.

Strategic Presence Across Regions

DCA strategically positions itself across key regions in Afghanistan. The central and eastern zones are serviced from the headquarters in Kabul. Additionally, regional offices in Herat (western region) and Mazar-i-Sharif (northern and north-eastern regions) cater to diverse local needs. Field offices spanning 17 provinces and specialized training centers in Charikar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif further amplify DCA’s reach and impact.

Extensive Network and Outreach Initiatives

DCA’s robust initiatives encompass a nationwide network of 1,000 Veterinary Field Units (VFUs), officially recognized by the government. Moreover, comprehensive extension programs and livestock product value chains are designed to inclusively engage both male and female farmers and pastoralists, ensuring widespread community participation and empowerment.

Dutch Committee for Afghanistan: Global Headquarters

The global nerve center for DCA Livestock Programs operates from Arnhemseweg 2, 3817 CH Amersfoort, The Netherlands, steering initiatives and strategies to bolster livestock welfare and economic stability in Afghanistan.

With an unwavering commitment to enhancing livestock health, production, and community well-being, DCA stands as a beacon of hope, fostering resilience and progress in Afghanistan’s rural landscape.

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