Many people in northern Afghanistan are living in poverty . The infrastructure is insufficient ,in many areas markets can be reached only with great difficulty . Even in good harvests years sometimes are only  enough for the basic food supply. Climatic events such as droughts , floods or particularly harsh and long winter additionally aggravate the situation. The German government supports the Afghan Government to promote agriculture and the rural sector . The aim is to increase the productivity in the areas of agriculture, livestock industry and small craft.