Gift Foods, an emerging food processing company in eastern Afghanistan. (PHOTO OF THE WEEK)
IDEA-NEW Project Director, Mr. William J. Parente visiting booth of IDEA-NEW supported businesses at the Farmer Festival in Jalalabad, Nangarhar.
Women produce plug seedling of marketable vegetable varieties to sell to local farmers in Bihsud district, Nangarhar
IDEA-NEW conducted a training of trainers (ToT) for 20 high school teachers from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir provinces. Trainees, all women, will be instructors for the first Taraqi Saba business skills training course in the Central region, which will begin in late May. IDEA-NEW has implemented Taraqi Saba since 2010 and, to date, has trained 783 high school girls throughout Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman provinces, including 303 students who recently completed the course in late March 2013. Taraqi Saba aims to provide young women with the skills and knowledge necessary to operate successful, sustainable businesses. Basic business principles, such as finance, marketing, and management are ... More
Silkworm rearing started around 2,500 years ago in northern Afghanistan; however, decades of fighting coupled with recurring droughts have nearly destroyed the art of silkworm rearing and silk production in the region. Weavers and other producers of silk goods either import silk at significantly higher prices from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan or ... More
USAID’s IDEA-NEW project conducted a five-day advanced training on vegetable production for 33 DAIL extension workers—including three females— in Kapisa province. The training took place from April 7–11 and focused on vegetable seedling production, plug seedlings, transplanting, sowing seeds, establishing nurseries, ... More
Members of the Laghman Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers Association gathered together on April 23, 2013 to elect a new director and deputy director. The election, organized with support from IDEA-NEW, took place in Laghman Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock’s (DAIL) office. Sixty out of the association’s 72 members ... More
Due to lack of facilities, students at Nangarhar University’s agriculture faculty have little chance to practice the skills they learn in the classroom. In order to provide a practical training element to its curriculum, the dean of the agriculture faculty contacted IDEA-NEW and asked for help in addressing this issue. In response to this ... More