This is the introductory presentation for an applied research effort in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan to ascertain the livelihood impact and market potential of six legume and vegetable crops as viable alternatives to opium poppy, and the value addition of low-cost drip irrigation technology. Specifically the program will focus on the livelihood impact of soybeans, mung beans, tomatoes, onions, chilli and sweet pepper. In addition, the program will incorporate a research focus on the impact of these crops on women, in terms of potential income benefits and labor utilization. Further, the program will conduct a broad-based market analysis, locally and regionally, to assess opportunities, potential returns, supply chain development, appropriate farming systems, training and investment requirements to develop these cash crops. The program will link producers to buyers through an annual trade fair in Nangarhar and provide an online showcase for the vegetable producers through Nangarhar University. Results will be disseminated through the publication of research papers and will be scaleable through the utilization of established community relations, field-based demonstration plots and existing institutions - namely Rural Training Centers operated jointly by RI and the Ministry for Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The proposal document that accompanies this presentation can be found here - Project Proposal - CLVEA
RALF, ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria, 48 pp.