About the Author: Quintin Gray serves as Senior Agricultural Advisor in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This week, as part of the Strategic Dialogue between the United States and Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Afghan Minister of Agriculture Mohammad Asif Rahimi met to discuss how agriculture can help Afghanistan achieve a stable and secure future. With 85 percent of the population relying on farms to earn a living, improving the agriculture sector is essential to stabilizing the region.
The U.S. and Afghan governments are working closely together to find new technologies and improve existing crops. Just recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made it possible for Afghan and U.S. researchers to work side-by-side at Purdue University in Indiana to identify a strain of disease-resistant wheat.
Secretary Vilsack and Minister Rahimi underscore these points in a joint op-ed they wrote for USA Today. If you haven't had a chance to read the op-ed, you can find it online here.