Purdue University has begun training under a $2 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help Afghanistan improve its plant, animal and food safety and health.

Plant diagnostics training held at the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock for 10 days ending in May was the first in a series in the Agriculture Sanitary Phytosanitry Training programs, which support efforts within MAIL to increase the quality of Afghan food through more effective food safety and quality management and certification, said program director Kevin T. McNamara.