“Traveling Ag Theater” in Southern Afghanistan
Pictured: In Kandahar Province, Southern Afghanistan, IRD's Southern Regional Agricultural Development (S-RAD) program, funded by USAID, is putting agricultural training on center stage. So far, nearly 1,000 farmers in remote districts have attended performances of S-RAD’s Traveling Ag Theatre. The performances train farmers in southern Afghanistan on best horticultural practices such as organic pest control and how to treat disease in sheep and goats. The project also introduces farmers to their local district extension agents, who are on hand to answer questions after each performance.
“It’s very funny,” said Farid, an elderly farmer from the volatile Zhari District. “I’ve been to trainings before, but nothing like this. It was also good to meet the District Governor.”
Around 3,000 farmers are expected to attend the live performances. At the end of the one-month run, the hour-long performance will air on Afghan TV, bringing laughs and learning to tens of thousands more.