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 will be 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 Kapisa provinces.
The Kuchi are Afghanistan’s nomadic pastoralists, forming 8-10% of the total population. They live primarily in the rural areas of the country and migrate seasonally with their herds over vast tracts of the country’s rangelands. The Kuchi are a vulnerable population, but one which contributes significantly to the livestock sector. Part of the Kuchi nomads have settled over the last decades, but still consider themselves as Kuchi. The overall goal of the CLAP Kuchi Programme is “to reduce poverty in rural Afghanistan”. More specifically, the project objective is to improve food security of 223,000 poor rural households. The programme is organized around three mutually reinforcing components: community development, livestock and agriculture development, and policy support and a young professionals programme.