Afghan, French headquarters deployed side by side

ANA BG Emam Nazar, 3rd Infantry Brigade commander, 201st Corps, and French BG Jean-Francois Hogard, TF Lafayette commander, talk about the success of Bison Playoff II Nov. 21-24. (click for more)

ADT visits Paktya women’s center, university, farm

U.S. Army Spc. Mandy Kennedy from Ellsworth, Wis., 2-45th ADT education specialist, hands out items to Afghan girls during a stop at a farm in Gardez Dec. 4. (click for more)

PRT attends shura, helps Afghans in Tandan Village

U.S. Army Pfc. Cheryl Baldridge from Prague, Okla., 2-45 Oklahoma Agribusiness Development Team, examines an Afghan child's donkey at Tandan village Dec. 4. (click for more)

Iowa ADT assesses local farms

An Afghan girl looks up from cutting parsley from a small plot during a foot patrol near FOB Wright by the Iowa National Guard’s 734th ADT Nov. 30. (click for more)

Army medics help boy back on his feet

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Turning pain into progress: Kunar women’s rights movement gains momentum, support

Some 80 Afghan women gather for the Women’s Justice Shura at the Kunar Ministry of Culture and Information Nov. 30. (click for more)

ADT, PRT, coalition partners meet with leaders in Jaghori District

U.S. Army Sgt. Katherine Williams, Ghazni Texas ADT-IV’s FET, shares a smile with girls living at a local orphanage in the Jaghori District Center while delivering winter supplies. (click for more)

Legal library opens in Salang District Center

U.S. Army Capt. Adam Bushey and U.S. Army Sgt. Erin Pickett, both with TF Wolverine, stock the selves of the newly dedicated law library in the Salang District Center here (click for more)

Kentucky ADT provides training in animal medicine to Afghan students

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sherry Graham, a 62nd Medical Brigade veterinarian, assisted by Dr. Mohammad Nahim Sharif, a veterinary professor and students from Alberoni University, dissect a sheep Nov. 26. (click for more)

Kentucky ADT attends as 25 women graduate from poultry class

U.S. Army Maj. Bobbie Mayes, Women’s Empowerment coordinator with the Kentucky ADT, greets a teacher from the Agency for Building a New Afghanistan during a visit to the Kapisa Directors (click for more)

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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV participate in a local shura in the district center of Jaghori Nov. 10 to discuss future agriculture projects for the area. The Jaghori District subgovenor, Zafar Sharif, recommended an expansion of a local irrigation canal. The expansion would extend the current 10-kilometer canal by an additional three kilometers and allow 350 families to have access to irrigation water. (Photo by U.S. Army Lt. Col Brian P. Stevens, Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghazni’s Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and the Ghazni Human Terrain Team conducted a unified mission to the Ghazni District of Jaghori Nov. 9 to12.


The coalition teams held several key-leader engagements as well as project inspections during the four-day mission while partnering with the local Afghan National Police for combined security.
 
The teams met with Zafar Sharif, Jaghori District subgovernor; Mohammad Asif, Jaghori agriculture extension agent, several provincial council members and local elders to discuss how Ghazni TX ADT and coalition partners can assist Jaghori leaders in increasing the capacity and competency of the district government through agriculture and economic development.

Sharif expressed his appreciation for current agriculture projects supported by coalition forces and said he welcomes continued partnership in future projects. Because security is stable in the Jaghori District, coalition forces have more freedom to effectively manage development projects that can directly and immediately impact the agriculture sector.

One potential project recommended to Sharif by the local council is a proposed expansion of an irrigation canal, which will extend the current canal by three kilometers. This increase will allow 350 families to have access to irrigation water which will significantly improve their crop yield. Since most farmers in Jaghori depend on wheat for their livelihood, this project is extremely important to improving the agricultural output of the population here. 

Several members of the joint teams also conducted a market assessment at the local bazaar to assess trends, discover opportunities for value chain improvement, and find best practices to encourage agribusiness growth in Jaghori and other districts in Ghazni. The district center bazaar has more than 700 shops and covers approximately eight square blocks with shops such as bakeries, fruit and vegetable stands, agriculture supplies, clothing and shoe stores, restaurants and jewelry shops.

While most shop owners reported they have had an increase of 10 to 25 percent in their volume sales and profits over the past year, they have also had a 25 percent increase in wholesale food prices. This increase can be directly attributed to the lack of security on the roads leading to the district center, most notably the road between Ghazni and Jaghori.

“The main concern the people of Jaghori have is the need for the government and (coalition forces) to improve the security of the main road between Jaghori and Ghazni,” Sharif said. “This will allow people to safely travel to and from Ghazni, which would tremendously increase the economic activity and allow much greater access to all goods and services.”

Members of the TX ADT’s Female Engagement Team had the opportunity to make several trips to a local orphanage in the district center. The PRT delivered much-needed supplies such as winter clothes for the children in the orphanage. Children living in the orphanage range in age from 4 to 21 years old, and all lost their families due to violent acts of insurgents.

“While there is much work still to be done in Jaghori, the district is an example of success based on the people choosing the path of cooperation, peace, prosperity, and development,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brian P. Stevens of Austin, Texas, Ghazni TX ADT commander. “It is imperative that (coalition forces) continue to support successful districts such as Jaghori because it exemplifies how functional the district-level government can be when the population has confidence in the local government and is willing to cooperate amongst themselves.”
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV participate in a local shura in the district center of Jaghori Nov. 10. The team heard from the local leaders that security is poor on the roads that lead to Jaghori which has directly caused a 25 percent increase in wholesale prices in the local market. (Photo by U.S. Army 2nd Lt. William Hosket, Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Sgt. Katherine Williams from Fouke, Ark., Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV’s Female Engagement Team, shares a smile with girls living at a local orphanage in the Jaghori District Center. Williams assisted the Ghazni Provincial Development Team in delivering much needed supplies for the winter. (Photo by U.S. Army Lt. Col Brian P. Stevens, Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan boy shows produce as Ghazni Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV members conduct a market assessment in the bazaar located in the village of Sange Mashe in Jaghori here Nov. 9. By visiting the local store owners, the ADT was able to assess trends, discover opportunities for value chain improvement and find best practices to encourage agribusiness growth in Jaghori and other districts in Ghazni. (Photo by U.S. Army Cpl. Jacob Payton, Texas Agribusiness Development Team-IV)

 

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