The EU-MAIL Transition Project managed by Landell Mills supported the Agricultural Statistics and Information Management Directorate (ASIMD) of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) in producing the Annual Prospect Report 2016. This is the first time that accurate data on the annual wheat crop has been established. Whereas data was previously estimated, the Annual Prospect Report provides policy makers with evidence-based information to develop policies addressing the food shortage in Afghanistan.
Stakeholders such as Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), WFP, FAO and FewsNet are now using the Annual Prospect Report data and this is helping with providing assistance to food security issues as needed. According to Mr. Noor Habib Arwall, IPC Advisor, ‘The Annual Prospect Report is the only reliable data source on wheat that we use for food security purposes.’ The project has also impressed the President of Afghanistan who wrote a letter of appreciation.
The project hired 267 surveyors in 24 provinces to conduct surveys using GPS and remote sensing technology to conduct pre-harvest and wheat crop cut surveys and accurately collect data from the field. MAIL and ASIMD staff members were trained in the use of relevant software and how to produce the report to ensure data is collated and analysed consistently to better inform policy makers in the country.