UNODC Alternative Development Programme Launched - BADILL, (Boost Alternative Development Interventions Through Licit Livelihoods)

 UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan (UNODC COAFG), jointly with  the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation Livestock, (MAIL), Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN), International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL) of the United States,  Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and various line Ministries officially launched BADILL on 21st November 2017 in Kabul - Afghanistan.   

BADILL, INL supported Alternative Development (AD) project, will be implemented in 13 provinces of Afghanistan and aims at reach 50,000 households in four years. The project focuses specifically at increasing sustainable production and income of the Afghan farmers . The project is designed in accordance with the national strategies of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan i.e. Afghanistan National Development Strategy, National Drug Control Strategy and National Drug Action Plan.

The ceremony was attended by H.E. Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics, Deputy Minister of CN, Deputy Minister of MAIL, INL Director, United Nations Secretary-General Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan, and a number of international and national non-governmental organizations.  H.E. Minister Azimi, in her speech, emphasised the importance of AD in Afghanistan's context and ingeminated MCN's full support to the project. INL Director, Mario Fernandez, reiterated INLs commitment towards AD and wished MCN, MAIL, UNODC and the partners successful implementation. DSRSG Mr. Lanzer, in his speech, highlighted the fact that building a comprehensive and coordinated approach to Alternative Development will help reverse the worrying drug production trends in Afghanistan and help bring safety, security and prosperity to the Afghan people. Deputy Minister from MAIL  reassured his support to the implementation of the AD activities at central and provincial level and thanked UNODC for its partnership with MAIL. Anubha Sood - UNODC AD Programme Manager, mentioned that " Opium production figures for 2017 are indeed worrying, however, good progress has also been witnessed in licit crop production and productivity in Afghanistan. According to the Central Statistics Organization report, there was a 133 per cent  increase in cultivation of saffron,  63 per cent increase in production of vegetables, 57 per cent increase in production of apples, 40 per cent increase in production of pomegranates and a 35 per cent increase in production of almond in 2016''

At the end of the ceremony, a short film was played by DACAAR  on their experiences in the field of Alternative Development in Afghanistan. Other partner NGOs i.e. the Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (DCA), Organization for Research and Community Development (ORCD), Afghanaid and Mercy Corps also shared their experiences in the field AD and their plans under BADILL. There was a small photo and poster exhibition organised by partners to showcase their work.

  

The event was covered by some of the major media channels in Afghanistan.

Mitra News:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wp3a_ewrfA

Ministry of Agriculture website:

http://mail.gov.af/fa/news/69371

Jamhoor news:

http://www.jomhornews.com/fa/news/99384/

US embassy:

https://twitter.com/USEmbassyKabul/status/933176056231710720

http://www.unodc.org/afghanistan/

http://www.tolonews.com/fa/bazar/

https://da.azadiradio.com/z/2202