Potential and limitations for improved natural resource management (NRM) in mountain communities in the Rustaq district in Afghanistan

The Rustaq study focuses on the different levels of decision-making influencing the spread of sustainable land management as well as the natural and human environment determining these decisions in the context of hillside agriculture.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Systèmes de production agricole économes en ressources
  • Champ de recherche Agriculture internationale et développement rural
  • Durée (prévue) 01.05.2015 - 30.04.2016
  • Responsable du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Direction du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Équipe du projet Dominic Blättler
  • Partenaires - secteur privé Echanges Equipement
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern
  • Partenaires - secteur public SDC Afghanistan
  • Mots-clés Sustainable livelihoods and agriculture, natural resource management (land), Afghanistan

Contexte initial

The Rustaq study works towards better understanding sustainable land management strategies of local farmers and the decision making processes and criteria in terms of their livelihoods. It also aims to identify institutions of importance in this regard at the regional, community and household level. This, in order to answer a number of recurrent questions regarding rural livelihoods, agricultural systems and land degradation (close collaboration with development project).


Improving the understanding of interactions within the social-ecological systems of small watersheds in Rustaq district; and identify options for improved land management as the basis for improved livelihoods of local communities.

Compétences clés

On part of HAFL staff, the Rustaq study involves mostly socio-economic research competences with a strong emphasis on qualitative and quantitative methods and research in a multi- and trans-disciplinary setting.