Kabul, May 10, 2014
Today the High Council of the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), chaired by H.E. Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, hosted an event to celebrate the success of the institution serving the agriculture sector.
The celebration included a presentation of achievements of the ADF in the support of Afghan agriculture; welcoming the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark as a contributor to the ADF, and recognizing a small group of outstanding ADF clients. During the event a large number of ADF clients displayed their products to the audience.
Minister Rahimi said “I would like to end by reiterating the appreciation of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and, especially that of my ministry for the contribution of the US government, through USAID. I would also like to welcome the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark, that has already started to contribute funds for the capitalization of the ADF…thank you for your contributions, for the partnership and for supporting the Afghan government to launch this uniquely important and successful initiative, that is unleashing the true potential of Afghan Agriculture.”
The ADF is a government owned financial institution established under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The ADF is one of the most successful collaborations between the US and the Afghan governments; since its inception it has processed loans worth more than US$90 million, reaching 23,000 farm households in 33 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.