Greenhouse Increases Women Participation in Household Economy in Samangan

Zulaikha[1] lives in a household of six in Hazrat Sultan district of Samangan. Her husband is a farmer and until recently, was the sole breadwinner of the family. He used to cultivate spinach, tomatoes and melons. However, with limited knowledge and experience in agriculture, he struggled to grow vegetables during winter, making it difficult to provide income for the family during the winter seasons. In April 2018, Zulaikha became a beneficiary of UNODC’s Boost Alternative Development Intervention through Licit Livelihoods (BADIL) project and now is witnessing a better outcome for her family.

UNODC with support of the implementing partner - ACTED, has established 16 greenhouses in Samangan and provided 400 women, including Zulaikha, with agricultural tools, quality seedlings, market linkages and training for tomato and cucumber plants. The women learnt how to cultivate, harvest, irrigate and branch plants in a greenhouse setting, allowing them to harvest products during winter and sell these items at higher prices.

Zulaikha is very ambitious and wants to expand her greenhouse and contribute to her family income. Just this season, since May 2020, Zulaikha has sold about 40 Kilogrammes of cucumbers (15 AFN per kg) and earned AFN 600[2]. She produces fresh vegetables, as the local markets are closed due to COVID-19, people buy directly from Zulaikha and her sale is increasing day by day. UNODC’s partner ACTED has supported project beneficiaries by leveraging funds from its other projects. They provided 400 women with masks and training on COVID-19 preventive measures in Samangan. Zulaikha follows the COVID-19 precaution measures, she is wearing mask and observing social distance while working on her farm.

Funding source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)/ US Department of State

[1] Name has been changed based on the request of the interviewee.

[2] 1USD=70Afs