Global Partnership for Afghanistan
Faruq Achikzad, Tom Casten, Akram Fazel, Amy Foote, Dana Freyer, Bruce Freyer, E. Davisson Hardman, Fred Kittler, M. Ishaq Nadiri, Maureen Quinn, Jim Seymour, Jay Shreiner, Suzanne Thompson, Nicole Sandford, Roger Hardister
Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) works with rural Afghans to create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods, and renew the environment.
GPFA partners with individuals, governments and institutions to provide the technical inputs, capital, supplies, and infrastructure and community support required to rebuild Afghanistan's agrarian economy and create a better future for Afghan farm families.
Our model works. Since 2004 we have impacted nearly 300,000 men, women and children in 2,500 villages across 14 provinces and planted 9 million trees. We have helped them build orchards, woodlots, nurseries and vineyards, provided technical and business training, high-quality planting material, and market linkages, and increased the amount of land available for farming. More than 8,800 of our 29,000 farmer entrepreneurs are women, whose numbers will expand dramatically this year.
GPFA also builds and strengthens the support systems that sustain the agricultural sector: watershed rehabilitation, irrigation, community-based natural resource management, reforestation, small farm enterprises such as poultry, bee-keeping, and fruit and vegetable gardens, and the capacity of local institutions like agriculture universities and district governments to service farmers.
Our strategies for restoring land and livelihoods include...
-Develop Enterprises: GPFA is assuring farmers' access to capital, supplies and training necessary to jumpstart farm businesses such as woodlots, orchards, vineyards, and nurseries. GPFA trains farmers in agriculture practices, business management, functional literacy and numeracy, and techniques to raise the selling price of farm products.
-Build Infrastucture: GPFA is improving agriculture infrastructure through watershed management and reforestation, the engineering and construction of other water control mechanisms, introduction of efficient irrigation and other water use technologies, and the use of electrical pumps powered by solar energy. Efficient use of water increases farm productivity, expands arable land and decreases conflicts based on water shortages.
-Support Communities: GPFA helps farmers and nursery owners establish membership organizations that encourage innovation and pooling of knowledge, supply inputs, develop new market opportunities, and improve returns on investments. GPFA vigorously advocates for a more active role for women in agriculture and community decision-making.
-Strengthen Institutions: GPFA strengthens local institutions to assume greater responsibility for development of Afghanistan's agricultural economy. Strategic partnerships between GPFA and Afghan government agencies and agriculture universities support and improve service provision.