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07 May 2012, Sumara Valley, Bamiyan, Afghanistan : Farmer Piwand Ali works next to part of the 14.9 stretch of track that has been transformed into a working gravel road at Sumara Valley, Bamiyan Province. As a result of easier access many new arrivals like Ali have come to the area to live and farm.  The villages of the area have benefitted from the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) that has funded the completion of this road through the Community Development Councils. The NRAP project aims to provide year -round access to basic services and facilities in the rural areas of Afghanistan to enhance the well being of the population and promote economic growth in the country. Under the project secondary roads are being rehabilitated by the Ministry of Public Works and tertiary roads by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.. Picture by Graham Crouch/World Bank
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