The Advancing Afghan Agriculture Alliance (A-4) Program
USAIDSeptember 14, 2006 to March 31, 2011
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Established under a $7 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the purpose of the A-4 project is to develop agriculture and veterinary programs at Afghan universities and create partnerships among the country's Ministry of Agriculture, local economic development organizations and universities. It will also provide applied educational opportunities for students to gain marketable skills and promote faculty education and recruitment. Led by Kevin McNamara, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue, the project includes several other partners: the University of California at Davis, Cornell University, Kansas State University, Catholic Relief Services, Joint Development Associates, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, and Afghan universities of Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar.

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Current project:

Afghan Faculty Exchange
Several professors from Afghanistan have studied at Purdue. In early 2012 a group of faculty will arrive to study once again. The Afghans learn new teaching methods and work with their Purdue colleagues to adapt material used in Purdue undergraduate courses for application in Afghanistan. The visitors also learn how Purdue Agriculture teaching programs are linked to the broader agricultural economy.

Past projects:

Afghan Merit Scholars Fellowship Program
Twelve junior Afghan faculty arrived at Purdue in June 2008 as part of the Purdue/USAID Afghan Merit Scholars (AMS) Program. The 12 Afghans - four in agricultural economics, six in agronomy, and two in English - enrolled in undergraduate classes in preparation for application to MS programs. When the AMS Fellows complete their MS degree studies they will return to their respective universities to teach and help develop academic programs. For more information:

A4 Student Farm Development
Purdue Staff working at Kabul University on the USAID funded Advancing Afghan Agriculture Alliance (A4) project are re-developing farm facilities at the Faculty of Agriculture at Kabul University. The purpose of the 3-acre farm is to provide Afghan agriculture students the opportunity to gain practical experience in agriculture. The farm, being developed with assistance from 23 student groups, provides students with the opportunity to work on a variety of agriculture production enterprises including horticulture, cereals, and bees. Farm operations use both new and traditional technologies. Continued farm development will add livestock production, and facilities for fruit and vegetable sorting, grading and packaging.

Links to Other Programs Offered by Purdue

National Guard Afghan Agriculture Development Team Training Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Afghan Faculty Exchange Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Purdue/USAID Afghan Merit Scholar Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

A4 Faculty of Veterinary Science Support Program
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

Purdue Vocational Agriculture High School Curriculum Development
(This is an additional program being done by Purdue)

For more information, contact:

Dr. Kevin McNamara
Assistant Director of International Programs
Ph.: 765-494-4236

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