Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives North, East and West (IDEA-NEW)
Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives—North, East and West (IDEA-NEW) provides agricultural incentives and economic alternatives for provinces in the east as well as northern and western poppy-prone regions of Afghanistan. It continues USAID’s agricultural sector efforts to promote legal productive agriculture in rural areas and in select districts focuses on narco-insurgency linkages. Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) leads the project team and builds on its previous work in the eastern region. DAI is joined by NGOs Mercy Corps in the northeast and ACDI/VOCA in the northwest and central provinces.
IDEA-NEW targets all agricultural framework components including agriculture production, rural enterprise and infrastructure development, financial service access and value-chain development for key regional industries and trade corridors. At every step, IDEA-NEW works in collaboration with national, provincial and district level offices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), as well as provincial Governors’ offices. Provincial Reconstruction Team representatives (USG civilians, coalition military, ADT) play a strategic role by aiding in narco-insurgent area identification for coordinated and targeted development activities—both short-term community-constructed infrastructure programs that inject cash into local economies, and long-term rural job creation and programs promoting women’s economic inclusion.
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