The ADT Mission project engages in research and supports efforts that help improve the effectiveness of military teams when deployed on stabilization and reconstruction/development missions in post-conflict and post-disaster situations.
Current Reports From The Field
Kentucky ADT Continues Efforts to Transition Reconstruction to Afghan Officials
As the ADT mission winds down in Afghanistan, remaining ADTs are focusing much of their effort on assisting local and provincial Afghan government officials to take over responsibility for reconstruction efforts. As part of this transition, Kentucky ADT members, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with staff from both the district and provincial DAIL, as well as staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), on 13 May 2013 to discuss operations of a demonstration farm (ZDEC) in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province.
Crisis in Syria: Latest Numbers From Reuters
Reuters news agency has complied data on the costs of Syria's civil war. Here are the latest numbers released by the news agency:
DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA
- The United Nations said on May 15 the death toll in Syria from the two-year-old civil war is at least 80,000, an increase of about 10,000 from February 2013.
- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group which monitors the violence through a network of activists inside Syria, said on May 13 at least 94,000 people have been killed but the death toll is likely to be as high as 120,000.
- The Syrian Revolution Martyr Database website, a benchmark tally compiled by opposition activists, shows a toll of 65,834 as of May 2.
REFUGEES FROM SYRIA
- The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said the number of Syrian refugees including those awaiting registration is 1,515,639. [ID:nL6N0DY1BN]
JORDAN: 473,587 including those awaiting registration
LEBANON: 470,457 registered and awaiting registration
TURKEY: 347,157 registered and awaiting registration
IRAQ: 147,464 registered refugees
EGYPT: 66,922 registered refugees
REFUGEES INSIDE SYRIA
The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated this month that out of Syria's 23 million population, 4.25 million were in need of humanitarian assistance across all 14 governorates. Of those, about 1.5 million are at imminent risk of food insecurity. OCHA says that 6.8 million people in Syria are classed as people in need.
Kentucky National Guard Soldiers help put the "business" into Afghan agribusiness
By Terry Hutchins
Civilian Expeditionary Workforce,
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team 5
KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (4/1/13) - The production of livestock is very important to the majority of Afghans whose livelihoods are dependent on agriculture.
The number of cattle, sheep, goats and poultry reared in Afghanistan is 3.7 million, 8.8 million, 7.3 million and 12.1 million respectively. As an example, on an average marketing day, the outdoor livestock market located within Kandahar province will see 4,200 sheep, 700 goats and 1,500 cattle sell within a few hours, according to the Afghanistan Livestock Census: 2002-2003.
Kentucky's Agricultural Development Team number 5 recently spent a successful day evaluating the attributes and economic potential for the Hikmat Feed Factory located in Kandahar City. The team is charged with the responsibility of assisting agricultural development within Kandahar Province.
Afghans Take Over Training Once Provided by ADTs
A key focus of ADT missions in Afghanistan was to provide agricultural training to Afghans so that they could then train their fellow Afghans. As U.S. forces draw down, Afghans are stepping in to take on roles once provided by U.S. forces. This is also evident in the ADT missions. On 16 March 2013, members of Georgia ADT III attended a veterinary training seminar in Helmand Province but whereas in past year's ADT veterinarians would have provided the training to Afghans, this time the training was conducted by an Afghan veterinarian.
Logar Province Representatives at International AgFair
The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) hosted an international agribusiness fair in Kabul this month. Among the agribusinesses, producers, and sellers in attendance were representatives from Logar Province, home of Georgia ADT II.
Daman Veterinary Clinic Creation
The Kentucky ADT helped to create a new veterinary clinic in the Daman District Center. At the request of the Daman District Governor and Daman District Extension Agent, a vacant District Center building was selected and renovated, providing a work area for a Veterinary Field Unit which will provide health care to the District's livestock herds.
South Carolina ADT Working to Assist Development of Cotton Industry in Lashkar
The South Carolina ADT, USAID Agriculture Advisor Tom Love, and Helmand PRT Agriculture Officer Dirk Dudman recently met with a private cotton gin owner in the city of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. The goal of the meeting was for the South Carolina ADT to identify needs and determine possible areas of technical assistance.
Young Professional Association Mentor Supports Agribusiness Development
Recently, the Georgia ADT II Young Professional Association Mentor traveled throughout Logar and Wardak Provinces meeting with the leaders of several key agribusiness associations to assess each association's progress, challenges and future training needs. Each association is at varying stages of development and faces unique obstacles and successes. The Young Professional visits included the Baraki Barak Handicapped Farmers Union, the Muhammad Agha Wheat Seed Association, and the Sayed Abad Wheat Seed Association.
Georgia ADT II Meets with Logar Province DAIL
Members of Georgia ADT II recently met with Humayun Omar, Logar Province DAIL, and his staff to discuss ongoing and future projects in Logar Provice. The meeting focused on current and proposed projects and training in Logar Province, and was part of an ongoing process of mentorship and training by the Georgia ADT II team.
Georgia ADT Celebrates Afghanistan's Peace and Unity Week
Afghanistan celebrated Peace and Unity Week during September and women's shuras across the country joined the celbration. In Logar, the provincial governor, Provincial Development Council, and Director of Women's Affairs (DOWA) hosted a shura with about 800 female attendees. The governor addressed the important role women have in the peace process as mothers, wives and sisters.
PRT Assists with Cool Storage and Market Assessments
As part of the effort to improve food security in Afghanistan, ADTs and PRTs (Provincial Reconstruction Teams) have supported the construction of cool storage facilities. Such facilities extend the shelf-life of produce but ADT and PRT personnel are finding that Afghan farmers are not making use of all of the cool storage facilities.
Paktya PRT Provides Mentoring Assistance to DAIL
As part of the continued process of mentoring Afghan government officials to build government capacity, the agricultural team with the Paktya PRT (Provincial Reconstruction Team) joined with staff from USDA and USAID in meetings with Niaz Mohammad Zadran, the Paktya Director of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL). The DAIL is working to modify its tashkil - organizational structure - so that it is more consistent with the national level Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
Georgia ADT II Assists in Providing Veterinary Training
ADTs have found that a simple, low-cost way to increase agricultural production and improve food security in Afghanistan is to provide Afghans with information that helps improve the health of their livestock herds. And based on the large turnout of Afghan farmers at veterinary training events, it seems that Afghan farmers themselves see the benefit.
Small Projects Can Provide Big Benefits
Small projects can do many beneficial things, especially when targeted at woman. This is something the Zabul ADT has noticed during its support of a woman's gardening project overseen by the provincial-level Department of Women's Affairs (DOWA) in Zabul Province. The garden project is managed by the Humanitarian Organization for Local Development (HOLD), an Afghan non-governmental organization.