Roots of Peace Expands Work in AfghanistanSeptember 11, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Today is Sept. 11, so we thought it fitting to share this story about what Skoll Awardee Roots of Peace is doing in Afghanistan. Here’s an excerpt from the piece in the Marin Independent Journal:
“Eleven years [after 9/11], Roots of Peace has received more than $100 million in contracts to remove landmines and support agricultural development Afghanistan, which has been devastated by more than three decades of war. The funding includes a new, $23.5 million contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to oversee agricultural research and training throughout Afghanistan.
‘With 80 percent of Afghans working in the agriculture sector, improving their ability to grow and market crops is essential to the country’s economic stability and food security,’ USAID spokesman Benjamin Edwards wrote in an email. ‘USAID has worked with Roots of Peace for nearly a decade, and we share a common commitment to improve Afghan livelihoods.’”