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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded a program to train up military, private contractors, NGOs, and other agricultural specialists who are on their way to Afghanistan to assist in agricultural development.  The program is called Agriculture Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training or ADAPT. The training will help prepare agricultural specialists to train and educate Afghans in agriculture. The specialists will also partner with officials of the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).  Many MAIL officials are found at the provincial and district level in the more secure areas of Afghanistan.

ADAPT is a six-day course that is conducted at the California State University at Fresno, California.  This location is a fertile area of California that resembles the climate and agricultural conditions found is some parts of Afghanistan.

Some of the topics covered in ADAPT include:

    Overview of Afghanistan Agriculture
    USG Agriculuture Strategy and Policy
    How to Conduct a Needs Assessment
    Project Management Cycle
    Agricultural Extension skills
    Livestore, Range land/pasture Management
    Crop & Horticulture Production 
    Orchard & Vineyard Management
    Irrigation & Water/Soil Management

The Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service provided Fresno State with a $3 million, two-year contract to prepare U.S. military and governmental personnel for deployment to Afghanistan.  Other participants in the consortium include California Polytechnic State University, Southern Illinois University and Colorado State University.  It is estimated that the consortium will train over 750 individuals in 24 workshops.

Internet Resouces about ADAPT

ADAPT.  By Fresno State University.

Publications about ADAPT

Fresno State promotes self-sufficiency for Afghan Agriculture.  Fresno State, January 6, 2011.  Accessed here on February 9, 2012.

 Agricultural Development for Afghanistan Pre-deployment Training.  Accessed here ADAPT.  A descripton of ADAPT by NATO Civil-Military Fusion Centre.

News Articles About  ADAPT and Agriculture in Afghanistan

February 8, 2012.  "US soldiers train for agricultural mission in Afghanistan".  Fox News.

February 3, 2012.  "Civil Affairs team gets dirty to learn new ways to help Afghans".

January 2012.  "USDA Course Improves Training for Agricultural Development in Afghanistan".  Agri-View.

January 20, 2012.  "Fresno State promotes 'food security' in Afghanistan".  Independent Voter Network IVN.

January 9, 2012.  "Fresno State Promotes Self-Sufficiency For Afghan Agriculture".  The Fresno Post.

January 9, 2012.  "Fresno State involved in ag training program".  The Business Journal.

December 20, 2011.  "USDA Course Improves Training for Agricultural Development in Afghanistan".  USDA Blog.

Photos about ADAPT

CA Teams get ADAPT-ed.  USACAPOC PAO flickr.  Photos are from August 2010.  Accessed here on February 9, 2012.

Videos about ADAPT

USDA Teaches Civil Affairs About Afghanistan Agriculture.  Video by Spc Kathryn Summerhill, January 26, 2012.  Accessed here on February 9, 2012.

USDA Teaches Afghanistan Farming Techniques.  Video by Spc. Kathryn Summerhill, January 27, 2012.  Accessed here on February 9, 2012.

ADAPT Afghanistan On-Line Video Training. Several training videos to provide ADAPT training are provided on the Stability Institute website.



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