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How Modern Agriculture Help Afghan Women: All of Fatima's children go to school now

30 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center

How Modern Agriculture Help Afghan Women: All of Fatima's children go to school now.Success Story:Mrs. Fatimah, 35, is responsible for a seven-member family in the Lal-u-Sar Jangal district of Ghor province. Since she has not been able to pursue her education due to family issues, she emphasizes on her children's education. One son and four of her daughters have recently enrolled in school. It’s been two years now that Mrs. Fatimah is growing vegetables under National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) .She says her life has completely changed since she joined the program. "My husband and I are illiterate. We were in a lot of trouble two years ago due to poor economy, we did not have enough information about agriculture and cultivation, thus we cultivated in traditional ways and had no good income."She complained about her past life and said: “We were dealing with immense challenges and could not afford basic needs of our children and could not send them to school. Only my older son attended school and the rest of my sons and daughters were deprived of education due to poverty.”Since 2016, when the National Horticulture and Livestock Project initiated in our villages, I joined the program and attended the regular monthly sessions for peasants.  We got practical and theoretical lessons from expert trainers on cultivating vegetables. We are happy that the school of agriculture for farmers put efforts to train us on cultivating and harvesting process of vegetables through videos. The training method helped illiterate women to learn farming and invest in agriculture. She asserted that the program was very useful, effective, and interesting for illiterate women, and now they know everything about cultivation.According to Mrs. Fatemeh, the weather in Ghor province is very cold, so cultivating crops does not yield a good profit. But through the National Horticulture and Livestock Project, they can run small greenhouses and they are able to grow enough vegetables to earn good profits. Thus, they can prepare basic needs of their lives, healthy food, and education for their children.Fatima expressed her gratitude to the employees and leadership of the program and asked MAIL to continue such effective programs to support women to become self-sufficient.###

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