Global Partnership for Afghanistan

Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) works with rural Afghans to create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods, and renew the environment.
Oct 21, 2014

October Update from the Field

Soon our farmers will sell their fruit in markets.
Soon our farmers will sell their fruit in markets.

As the leaves start falling, our Afghan farmers are eagerly anticipating the planting of their fruit trees. Project funding to date will allow us to support 10 farmers with around 50 fruit trees each (enough to cover half a jerib of land). In addition to receiving their saplings before the end of the month, the farmers have been trained on the basics of planting, pruning, growth and pest control, tree nutrition, irrigation, and harvesting. 

On behalf of our farmers and everyone at GPFA, thank you for helping to make this project possible. These fruit trees will provide increased income for Afghan families, as well as enrich the environment by improving the water, soil and air supply. Thank you!

Oct 16, 2014

October Update from the Field

Thanks to your steadfast support, we have seen the income-boosting effects that the strawberry crop has had for our 500 strawberry producers and 10 wholesalers. With a successful summer harvest behind us, we have worked with our strawberry farmers to further sharpen their skills with training, and examined their harvest results with a comprehensive income survey (results currently being compiled).

Aside from generating an increased cash revenue for our strawberry farmers, the project has enabled women to corner a previously unexplored section of the agricultural market in Afghanistan. Because strawberries are a new crop, wholesalers and producers alike were able to move into a space typically dominated by men for other crops. Women wholesalers were able to make successful sales at local shops owned and operated by men. The project established women as the primary wholesalers and traders of strawberries in the three provinces where the project has operated. Networks are immensely vital to the economic success of women entrepreneurs and to this end this project has connected women producers and wholesalers to shops and retailers, creating relationships that will lead to a steady revenue stream for many years to come.

We have now completed the second year of this strawberry project and it has been an extremely rewarding and meaningful process for our women farmers and small business owners -- one which we could not have accomplished without your generous support. Thank you so very much!
Jul 23, 2014

July Dispatch from the Field

With the spring strawberry harvest completed and preparation for the fall harvest underway, GPFA is excited to send this dispatch from the field so you can see firsthand how your project support is being put to work.

Now in the second year of our project, we are proud to report strawberries have proven to be a highly worthwhile investment for our 500 Afghan women farmers!  We are meeting our project goals by moving women up the value chain and getting them involved in sales; both strawberry producers and wholesalers are making sales and earning incomes for their families.  Based on GPFA’s most recent evaluation, this income is projected to grow in subsequent years as yields continue to increase. As one farmer tells us, “I will continue selling strawberries because this fruit has more profit than other fruits and vegetables.”

Since our last report GPFA has followed both producers and wholesalers to monitor the project’s success, all the while providing additional training focused on harvesting, sales, and market connections.  Afghan farmers see strawberries as a low-investment, high-return crop that earns income; the introduction of strawberry as a farm production activity has generated interest in communities where most people had never heard of strawberries before!  This newfound interest has sparked innovative marketing and sales strategies as well.  For instance, one entrepreneurial producer decided to sell her strawberries near a tourist area for picnickers, and as a result earned a premium over the sales price in the local bazaar shops. 

With your continued support GPFA will not only ensure a successful fall harvest for these women farmers, but will be able to scale this project to train even more women strawberry producers, and wholesalers as part of our 2014-2015 cohort. On behalf of all of us at GPFA, thank you for helping us bring new agricultural and small business opportunities to Afghan farmers and their families. We couldn’t do it without you!