Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (DCA) was founded on June 24, 1994, by members of the Board of the already longer existing Dutch Committee for Afghanistan (founded in 1979, shortly after the Soviet invasion). Whereas previous activities of DCA included humanitarian assistance in a broader sense, DCA now focuses on veterinary and livestock related activities.
DCA’s mission is “Poverty reduction and increasing food security for the population of Afghanistan by improving the health and productivity of their livestock” The main objective of DCA is to protect and improve the health of existing livestock and to increase livestock production in Afghanistan.
The Community Livestock and Agriculture Project contract signed between DCA and MAIL, is based on the overall strategy of Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock that is being implemented through funding of the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and collaboratively with the FAO and ICARDA. The purpose of the project is to enhance the livelihoods of Kuchis, and increase their resilience against predictable livestock challenges in Parwan, Kabul and Logar provinces. The project is planned to address these critical sectors, and support them to become more resilient.
The overall impact of the project will be to boost the productivity of Kuchis livestock through various components such as providing quality veterinary services, increasing awareness through delivering specific extension packages, technical assistance in producing quality livestock products, and market linkages of the key potential value chains identified. These activities are planned to be implemented over the six year project period.
To realize the objective, DCA has livestock programs to
Train Para-veterinarians (Para-vets) and Basic Veterinary Workers (BVWs)
Establish district-based veterinary field units (VFUs) throughout its area of responsibilities in Afghanistan and equip the VFUs with facilities to start the business
Support the delivery of animal health services at community level
Support delivery of livestock extension services to the farmers
Development and implementation of livestock and livestock products’ value chain