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60 government workers receive training in farming and road maintenance from Germany

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140906_RCDF_Road_Maintenance_and_Farming_BDKLast week, 60 project engineers from various line departments in Faizabad and agricultural department extension workers from 27 districts in Badakhshan province successfully completed two different training courses in their fields of work. The project engineers received training in road maintenance; the farming extension workers learnt how to develop guidelines and plans for agricultural projects. The aim of the road maintenance training course was to teach project engineers how to plan and manage repairs and maintenance of roads. The agricultural department extension workers work closely with farmers in the province to help improve farming methods and living conditions in the rural areas of Badakhshan. They therefore learnt modern farming techniques that they can pass on to the farming communities. Both courses were supported and financed by the German Government.

The 60 participants attended the training from various departments in Faizabad and the districts in Badakhshan, including the district departments of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, the Department of Public Works (DoPW), the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD), the Department of Education (DoE), the Department of Water Management (DoWM), the Department of Urban Development (DoUD) and from Faizabad Municipality.

The road maintenance workshop was held at the Department of Economy. The course syllabus covered various subjects: Routine maintenance, emergency road works, periodic maintenance, rehabilitation, monitoring and managing the workforce for these activities and upgrading & reconstruction of road building projects. With the knowledge and skills they gained, the project engineers will now be able to address communities’ needs for road infrastructure and also keep essential road construction projects both well maintained and managed.

The workshop for agricultural extension workers was run by the department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL) in Badakhshan. As most people in the province make a living from agriculture and livestock, new farming methods and techniques can lead to significant improvements in income, especially in the districts. With the knowledge they gained in modern forms of agricultural development, the extension workers will be able to advise the farming communities on how to increase efficiency of resources and yields to help eliminate poverty.

The courses were requested and run by the DoEc and DAIL in Badakhshan. They received technical support from the Regional Capacity Development Fund (RCDF), financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

As part of the Afghan-German Cooperation strategy, the RCDF is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The RCDF provides supports for its Afghan partners’ development priorities both on a provincial and a district level in six of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces. At the same time, the RCDF provides training and coaching programmes for civil servants. With its broad range of activities, the RCDF aims to increase Afghan ownership of the development process, strengthen Afghan state institutions on the sub-national level and promote transparency and inclusiveness.

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