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Over 600,000 Afghan Women to Attain Self-Sufficiency in Next Four Years Through Agriculture

Afghan Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durrani announced Tuesday that over 600,000 women would become self-reliant through an economic empowerment program in agriculture. The program includes nursery farms, greenhouses, processing agricultural products, distribution of poultry farms, bee

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Social Media Activists in Nangarhar Campaign Against Use of Pakistani Rupees

The residents of Nangarhar, particularly social media activists, have started campaigns against use of Pakistani rupees in the province. Bordering with Pakistan, Nangarhar province commonly uses Pakistani currency which has had an adverse effect on the value of Afghani. The

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Goldman Sachs CEO Rides Subway & Works as DJ on the Side

The Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs—one of the world’s leading global investment banking, isn’t a regular  CEO. He likes to take the subway to work, get his own coffee at work and performs as classic rock DJ at nightclubs

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Afghan Film “A Letter to the President” Wins at SAARC Film Festival

“A Letter to the President”, Afghan film directed by Roya Sadat, won the best Screenplay Award at the 9th SAARC film festival held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The movie is recognized “For its courage to finally speak the truth about

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Bayat Power Launches Afghanistan’s First New Gas Power Plant in 40 Years

Bayat Power has launched Afghanistan’s first new gas power based production plant in more than 40 years and the region’s most technologically advanced gas fired electric power plant.  Built and led by Afghans, Bayat Power-1 will generate up to 41 megawatts of

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Afghanistan to Require $6bn-$8bn a Year in Grants Following Peace Negotiations

Afghanistan will need continued financial support from the international community following a potential political settlement, says a new World Bank report that examines the country’s overall medium-term financing needs under a range of political and economic scenarios. The World Bank

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Japan Contributes $7mn to Support Children & Mother’s Health in Afghanistan

The Government of Japan has donated USD 7 million in support of UNICEF’s drive to provide life-saving vaccines, addressing urgent needs and rights of Afghanistan’s children and women. This new grant will enable government of Afghanistan, UNICEF and its partners to

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2019 Survey of the Afghan People Reveals Citizens Support Peace Talks with Taliban

Today, The Asia Foundation-Afghanistan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the 15th annual Survey of the Afghan People (the Survey). First launched in 2004, this year the Survey gathered the opinions of more than

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Afghanistan To Export $2.2bn Worth of Pine Nuts To China

Afghanistan has signed $2.2 billion worth of contracts with various Chinese firms for the export of 62,000 tons of line nuts in the next 5 years. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Hashmatullah Ghafoori, deputy minister for irrigation and natural

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Central Asian Nations Adopt Ashgabat Initiative To Reduce Trade Barriers

The Central Asian nations of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted the Ashgabat Initiative on the reduction of barriers to trade and transport in the region. The adoption of the initiative was part of the Days of

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Nomad Sedentarisation One of the Growing Sources of Conflict in Afghanistan: AREU Study Finds

According to a research paper titled “Nomad Settler Conflict in Afghanistan Today”, nomad sedentarisation has been of growing importance as a source of conflict. And, the nature and character of the conflict have changed considerably since the last few analyses were published around 2007-2010.

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A 10-km Road Benefiting 600,000 Citizens Being Built in Badakhshan

The construction work of a 1-kilomger road in Feyzabad, Badakhshan was officially inaugurated by the governor of Badakhshan together with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Transport, the Director of Roads Operation and Maintenance Department (ROMD) and provincial officials

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20 New Factories Established in Herat’s Industrial Park

With an investment of over $50 million, 20 new factories have been established in Herat’s Industrial Park over the past 8 months. The factories are operating in the areas of food production and reconstruction materials. According to figures from Herat’s

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Procurement, Trade and Investment Opportunities in Afghanistan

Afghanistan has adopted the market economy in the constitution of the country and has experienced a slight recovery in growth since 2015, with growth accelerating to 2.3 percent in 2016 and reaching 2.7 percent in 2017. Afghanistan’s total GDP was

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Germany’s New EUR 72mn Funds to Afghanistan Conditional Upon Good Governance

The State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Martin Jaeger, together with Dr Mohammad HumayonQayoumi, Afghanistan’s Acting Minister of Finance, affirmed the continued German support to Afghanistan. By the end of 2019, the German

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Afghan Female Entrepreneur Among 2020 Visionary Awards Honorees of Silicon Valley Forum

Serial entrepreneur, CEO and President of Digital Citizen Fund, digital Citizen Brew and EdyEdy is among the Silicon Valley Forum’s 22nd Annual Visionaries. The awardees will be honored on February 6th, 2020 at Domenico Winery in San Carlos, California. Since

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Afghanistan Increases Use of Renewable Energy Sources

Afghanistan’s renewable energy resource potential is estimated at over 300,000 megawatts, with hydropower currently being the main source of renewable energy. Naghlu Hydropower is the country’s largest hydropower plant. The rehabilitation of one of its four turbines was carried out

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Young Afghan Women Complete Trainings To Enter Banking Sector

A total of 150 young Afghan women celebrated their graduation today from USAID’s Women in Commercial Banking (WICB) program during an official ceremony attended by the Executive Directors of the Afghanistan Banks Association, the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan,

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Young Afghan Students Create Innovative Solutions to Tackle Agriculture Problems

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the first Afghanistan National Young Innovators in Agriculture Competition, an activity aimed at engaging Afghan students in tackling the problem of post-harvest loss in high value crops. In Afghanistan, farmers lose more

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EU Contributes to WFP to Help Drought Victims in Badghis

The World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a new humanitarian contribution of €898,200 from the European Union to help Afghan families hit hard by last year’s drought rebuild their lives. The contribution will allow WFP to assist 2,000 families in Afghanistan’s

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Pomegranate Exports Drop By 50% This Year

Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) expects pomegranates export to drop by 50% this year. The officials have cited high custom tariffs on pomegranates from Pakistan as the major factor behind the considerable fall in pomegranate exports. Afghanistan exported

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Afghanistan Drops to 173 Rank from 167 in Doing Business Index

Afghanistan is ranked 173 in in the World Bank’s “Doing Business Report for 2019: Training for Reform”.  Scoring 44.1, Afghanistan’s position has dropped by six points in this year’s index of doing business against last year. According to the report,

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Kandahar Fig Production Up By 25%

Kandahar has produced 50,000 tons of figs this year, indicating a 25% increase from last year. The third in value and production after pomegranates and grapes in Kandahar, figs are annually exported from the provide abroad. According to Kandahar Chamber

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Afghanistan’s Bolani Listed #1 Among World’s Best Breads

Afghanistan’s most famous flatbread called Bolani is declared the number one bread in the world in a travel article by CNN. To mark World Bread Day which was on October 16, 50 of the world’s most wonderful breads are introduced

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Japan Contributes $2.7 MILLION To Boost WFP’S Food Assistance In Afghanistan

WFP welcomes a new contribution of $2.7 million from the Government of Japan which will enable WFP to provide food assistance to food-insecure people in Afghanistan in the coming 12 months.  This generous contribution follows Japan’s humanitarian funding for WFP’s

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