DCA implements the Livestock development subproject, that is part of the livestock and agriculture development component. DCA started its project activities in February 2014. Originally, the CLAP Kuchi Programme would close on 31 December 2019. However, in May 2018, with the provision of additional financing, the completion and closing date have been extended to 30 June 2022 and 31 December 2022 respectively. At the same time, the successful livestock activities are expanded into four new provinces, Nangarhar, Balkh, Herat and Baghlan, in addition to the original target area of Kabul, Parwan and Logar. Also, DCA will cover routes of Kuchi beneficiaries during the winter in Laghman and Khost provinces, and during the summer season in Paktya, Panjsher and Kapesa provinces. The Kuchi programme focusses at the Kuchi, Afghanistan’s nomadic pastoralists, forming 8-10% of the total population. They primarily live in the rural areas of the country and migrate seasonally with their herds over vast tracts of the country’s rangelands. Although being a rather small group, they contribute significantly to the livestock sector in Afghanistan. The Kuchi are a vulnerable population, as livestock populations have decreased dramatically due to the ongoing wars and persistent droughts. Part of the Kuchi nomads have settled over the last decades, but still consider themselves as Kuchi.The overall goal of the Kuchi Programme is “to reduce poverty in rural Afghanistan”. More specifically, the project objective is to improve food security of 223,000 poor Kuchi rural households. The goals of the DCA CLAP-Kuchi livestock project are to enhance livelihoods of Kuchi and to strengthen their resilience against predictable livestock hazards. The project targets both migratory pastoralists and settled Kuchi. The CLAP project increases Kuchi food security and income through livestock interventions as well as through development of alternative livelihoods for settled Kuchi.
The CLAP-Kuchi program, funded by IFAD and contracted by MAIL, is organized around three mutually reinforcing components:
- community development,
- livestock and agriculture development, and
- policy support and a young professionals programme.