Nimroz (Afghanistan), 11 June 2020 - Despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on economic activities across Afghanistan, the greenhouses established by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Nimroz are still producing fresh vegetables and serving as a stable source of income for farmers.
As an unforeseen benefit, with movement restrictions in place, bazaars are either not accessible or have fewer products, so people have been purchasing vegetables directly from the farmers, cutting out the middleman and increasing farm incomes.
UNODC has been implementing alternative development activities in four districts of Nimroz since December 2017. Each greenhouse can produce 2,400 kilograms of vegetables per annum, generating over US$ 1,000 which represents an increase of 52 per cent from the US$ 536 farmers earned in the past, enabling them to provide food, education and medication for their families.
UNODC’s alternative development activities support households to engage in licit livelihoods in order to provide legitimate and stable long-term income through vegetables, orchards and vocational training. The introduction to modern agriculture techniques and systems is helping farmers to become independent for the future.