The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $44.76 million grant to develop Afghanistan’s first 20 megawatts (MW) on-grid solar photovoltaic plant and boost the country’s renewable energy generation and supply.
It has taken nearly eight years for the member countries in ISAF, and International Aid donors, to realize just how critical Afghanistan’s agricultural sector is to many of its people. Food security and distribution is also a major problem and both are sources of vulnerability for the Afghanistan given its 30 year history of violence and given the scale of Taliban and insurgent operations.
As Afghanistan is vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and droughts, this project introduces a culture of prevention and preparedness. This is done through the identification and implementation of community-based disaster mitigation measures in carefully selected pilot areas.
Agriculture in Afghanistan needs to grow at a minimum of five per cent a year over the next decade for the country to make a dent in rural poverty and attain food security.
While the vast majority of Afghans depend on agriculture for a living, only a little over 10 per cent of the country's harsh and arid terrain is arable. Most of it requires irrigation.