An ICARDA-led project to develop mint production in Afghanistan is
described. The mint project began by identifying potential markets,
followed by introduction of the appropriate technologies for production
and value addition. It promoted these technologies through
demonstrations and awareness campaigns; and provided training, equipment
and technical support to enable mint producers to use the technologies
effectively and profitably.
Empowerment of women is a key project objective. Over 5000 women have
been trained on how to produce mint water and dried mint at home. The
project has helped establish an all-women cooperative in Kabul and a
similar one has been established in Kunduz.
Two development and training centers for mint and mint products have
been established: at the Badambagh Research Station of the Ministry of
Agriculture (in March 2006), and at Kabul University (June 2007).
The next step will be to scale up production of mint oil.
Rizvi, J.; Muzaffar Athar; Khalid Wadan; Wazir Gul Rasouli. Mint-ing Money. (2007)