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U.S. Needs Closer Watch On Afghan Farm Aid

The American Embassy in Kabul needs to do a better job of tracking aid to Afghanistan s Agriculture Ministry, which totalled $77 million last year, says a U.S. watchdog.

The embassy should do more to evaluate whether the U.S. aid is properly used and whether the strategy to invest in the Agriculture Ministry is working, according to an audit by the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

The watchdog is critical of what it calls the confusing labyrinth of U.S. spending in the country since 2002, which has surpassed the $1-billion mark.

Between 65 per cent and 80 per cent of Afghans depend on farming for their income.

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