150 greenhouses have been setup for unemployed women in Afghanistan's Bamyam province.
The greenhouses will provide a way for the women to extend the growing season, cope with climate change, generate income, reduce malnutrition in their children and increase food security in the area. It will also safely help elevate the status of the women in the male-dominated culture and help counter religious extremism.
With the greenhouses, the women also receive training, seeds and supplies. The 150 greenhouses cost the Afghan government approx. 4.5 million afghanis in total, or about $430 each.
There are many greenhouses in Afghanistan and in them are grown a wide variety of vegetables, including: cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, eggplant, pepper, okra, squash and others.
Agricultural director, Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, said that he hoped the project in Bamyan city, the provincial capital, and Yakawlang district would help increase the growth of non-seasonal vegetables.
It is this type of grass-roots development that Afghanistan so desperately needs to rise above poverty and the religious fundamentalism which has plagued the country for centuries.
School children in Afghanistan sitting outdoors. Photo: Public domain