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This is the central highlands area of Afghanistan where MCC will work in partnership with Medair.  (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

This is the central highlands area of Afghanistan where MCC will work in partnership with Medair. (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

MCC program for drought-prone areas of Afghanistan about to begin

MCC staff
June 21, 2013


WINNIPEG, Man. – More than 2,000 people in two districts of Afghanistan soon will receive training and new sources of income, as they deal with the impact of an ongoing drought.

The program by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) – in partnership with Medair – has two main components.

Through a cash-for-work component, more than 1,500 people will build dams, trenches and terraces, helping to capture and store rain and melting snow.

In addition, Medair will train 1,100 farmers on sustainable land and water management practices and 1,100 women on household gardens and nutrition. Households will receive training on food hygiene.

Together, these programs will help people in the Waras and Markazi Bihsud districts deal with a drought that has plagued their area for eight of the past 11 years. Agricultural production is poor and access to water is scarce.

The cash-for-work and training program is planned for 2013 to 2016. The first year of the program will cost about $926,000. MCC is funding its portion from its account at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

MCC is also working with other partners in Afghanistan on several other programs, including trauma healing for women, peacebuilding, environmental education and vocational training.

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