From the American People
CHAMP began in February 2010 to help farmers shift away from relatively low-value annual crops, such as wheat, to high-value perennial crops, such as almonds, grapes, and pomegranates.
The objective of CHAMP is to increase production and quality of orchard and vineyard crops for more effective domestic marketing and export. CHAMP focuses on traditional Afghan crops, which have a proven market share, and on key value chains, as such pomegranates, apples, almonds, grapes, and apricots. The program introduces simple technology, such as trellising, which can dramatically increase the productivity of existing orchards and vineyards, as well as increase the quality of the crop produced. During the Transition to 2014, CHAMP will focus on strengthening farm to market linkages to improve farm community livelihoods. The program will carry out a value chain approach to sustainably commercialize high value crops, and focus heavily on post-harvest activities through marketing to increase exports and increase import substitution in domestic markets. Value-added agribusiness activities will seek to strengthen their connections with farm communities, in order to boost post-harvest processing activities, thus creating jobs and economic benefits throughout the agriculture sector.
Fact Sheet CHAMP Jan 2013
1 August 2012
“This method of storing ap-ples helped us very much in extending the storage life of our produce for a longer pe-riod without any damage, thus benefiting us with a net profit nearly doubled. We really thank USAID for focus-ing on the baseline of the fruit producers,” says Haji Asadullah owner of Jalrez cool room.
2 October 2011
USAID/CHAMP/Roots of Peace Fresh Fruit traders and buyers at the opening of India Fresh Fruit Trade Office. Developing new markets for Afghanistan’s...
10 October 2011
USAID/CHAMP Latifa is USAID poultry beneficiary, Zargaran Village in Bamyan Province. Latifa has faced many challenges. Her husband is disabled, so the...
In The News
20 February 2012
USAID/CHAMP Afghan traders discuss the high quality of fresh and dried fruits of Afghanistan with international traders in Dubai A ...
3 December 2010
Afghan farmers and merchants took an important step forward in world trade by exporting Afghanistan’s first-ever, 40-foot refrigerated container (“reefer”) of pomegranates, destined for buyers...
4 February 2010
هفته گذشته Roots of Peace،یک موسسه غیردولتی مقیم ایالات متحده، کمک های بلاعوض به ارزش 30,420,241 دالر امریکایی را از اداره انکشافی بین المللی ایالات...
Roots of Peace, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization, received $30,420,241 in grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) last week to support rural...
23 May 2013
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