Agriculture: A Priority in Afghanistan

January 12, 2010
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack With Afghan Officials and Apple Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Discusses Afghanistan Trip | Photos

President Obama has identified restoring Afghanistan's once vibrant agriculture sector as the top U.S. government non-security priority in the country. This week Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack arrived in Afghanistan to meet with Afghan government officials, including Afghan Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mohammad Asif Rahimi, and to see firsthand the progress that's being made in Afghanistan's agriculture sector.

As part of our whole of government strategy in Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development and several other agencies are working in close coordination under the U.S. Government Agriculture Assistance Strategy for Afghanistan -- the framework for advancing this effort.

As Secretary Vilsack said in Helmand Province, “There is enormous potential here for us to stabilize the economy, to stabilize the country and to grow confidence in the central government's capacity to provide services through agriculture."Related Content: U.S. Government Agriculture Sector Programs in Afghanistan and Upcoming Travel to the Region

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