Internal Factors Affecting Growth of Women-Owned Businesses in Afghanistan
Since 2002, with the establishment of the interimgovernment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the start of post-Taliban reconstruction and development, both the Afghan Government and the international community have made women’s empowerment one of their major areas of focus.Afghan women have been provided opportunities to participate in the social, political, cultural,and economic spheres of life in Afghanistan, asharp contrast to the years of complete female marginalization under the Taliban regime, from

1996 to 2001.

Silk Value Chain Analysis

Agriculture-led growth often proved to be powerful vehicle for broad poverty reduction[1]. The benefits of agriculture-led growth are increased through strengthening the value chain by agriculture marketing strategies and by promoting agro based processing industry[2]. Value chain analysis is used to establish structural connective point among inputs, processes, outputs and outcome. Silk value chain is a series of linkage points among small farmers with input-supplier, processors, traders and final consumers. Using value chain analysis framework developing countries, like Afghanistan, can find small niches in which they can compete in the rapidly growing local and export market

[1] DeJanvry, A. and Sadoulet, E. (2009). Agricultural growth and poverty reduction: additional evidence.  Oxford: Oxford University Press

[2] Christiaensen, L., Demery, L. and Kuhl, J. (2010) The Evolving Role of Agriculture in Poverty Reduction: An Empirical Perspective’, Working Papers UNU -WIDER Working Paper W, World Institute for Development Economic Research UNU-WIDER.