With the beginning of the spring planting season, the ADF opened its 3 regional offices in Jalalabad, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat.
The new offices, staffed by lending officers and Value Chain specialists are now fully operational and will serve the credit needs of farmers and other agribusiness entrepreneurs in the eastern, northern and western regions of Afghanistan. The southern region will continue to have oversight from the Kabul office.
This new infrastructure will enable the ADF to play a significant role in the provision of credit to the agricultural sector. This is particularly important considering the new offices will have customer service windows for the reception of loan applications, which will conduct a preliminary review of the requirements of loan applicants and will either channel their applications to the Kabul office, or refer them to other lending institutions.
The new network will enable the ADF to have true presence in the main agricultural areas of the country.