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Army National Guard (ARNG) Agribusiness Development Team (ADT)

What is it?
The ADT is a self-contained volunteer unit composed of 58 Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers with backgrounds and expertise in various sectors of the agribusiness field. Their mission is to provide training and advice to Afghan universities, provincial ministries, and local farmers with the goal of providing increased stability and improved opportunities for Afghanistan’s reemerging agribusiness sector.

What has the ARNG done?
The ARNG has employed the ADT concept successfully in Central America for approximately 20 years. The National Guard Bureau has also completed significant planning and laid the groundwork for ADT success in Afghanistan. Three ADTs are deployed at present to Regional Command East and Regional Command Central to augment the Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

What continued efforts does the ARNG have planned for the future?
The ADT are currently deployed in Ghazni Nangarhar and Parwan Provinces. The ARNG is planning to deploy three additional ADTs over the next 12 months. Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)–101 is focusing its efforts on areas where there has been progress in security and stability. At least four additional provinces will be targeted for additional ADT deployments.

The CJTF–101 priorities include security, governance, rule of law, and business development lines of operation along with ADT plans to develop the full spectrum of agribusiness. The United States Agency for International Development and United States Department of Agriculture are both enthusiastic about supporting the ADT initiative.

Why is this important to the Army?
The ADTs ensure that improvements are sustainable with local assets and are within the capabilities of the Ministries of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock. . To be immediately effective, ADT personnel must be in place to impact the next growing season. The ADT concept has two major benefits: provide immediate agricultural expertise and provide Task Force Commanders with daily community engagement

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