Active Portfolio Investment Projects
Being central to Afghanistan’s economy, agriculture is an important area in need of further financing. The sector accounts for 31 percent of GDP but provides employment to 59 percent of the labor force. This is therefore a critical sector for ARTF support. In an arid country like Afghanistan irrigation is of particular importance to foster growth in the agriculture sector. Water resources and development is therefore a key area for ARTF support. The ARTF is supporting irrigation rehabilitation through the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project which would include an increase of about 10-15 percent in the irrigated area and about a 10-15 percent increase in crop yields in rehabilitated areas. The pilot On-Farm Water Management Project will build the link between the irrigation channels, bringing the water more efficiently to the farms themselves to improve yields.