ADT IV at their deployment ceremony on June 29, 2010.
EVENT: ADT IV returns from Afghanistan deployment
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, June 22, at 10 a.m.
LOCATION: Carnahan Memorial Garden, Jefferson City, MO
Corner of Jefferson and East Capitol Ave.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard will welcome home Agribusiness Development Team IV from Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on Wednesday, June 22, at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at the Carnahan Memorial Garden.
The Soldiers and Airmen have been deployed for a yearlong tour in Nangarhar Province helping Afghans increase agriculture production in a society that has been stressed by years of conflict.
The main focus of the team has been transitioning agribusiness development from military-led to civilian-led to Afghan-led. The team has focused on training the agriculture extension agents so they can better serve the farmers in their districts and attempting to link the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock with the agriculture and veterinary medicine faculty at Nangarhar University.
The intent is to increase the capacity of the director and his staff, and encourage Nangarhar University to better support the agriculture community. The program will give rural farmers a greater stake in their government.
While anti-corruption is not a primary mission of the team, it has been working closely with the provincial-level DAIL since the arrival of the team in August 2010 to reduce corruption within his organization. The team has made significant progress toward the objective.
One of the greatest challenges for the ADT is the creation of agriculture related opportunities for women. To work towards this challenge, the Guardsmen had to understand the basics of Afghan norms and values. Women are being trained in backyard poultry, bee keeping, and other small-scale agribusiness ventures.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the welcome home ceremony while the members of Agribusiness Team Development IV are recognized for a job well done.