At this time of year, HAF prepares projects for the upcoming planting season, which will begin when the rainy weather arrives.
While planting 458,492 trees in 9 years, HAF has been looking into ways to add value to the yield.
Currently, a team has been busy working out the details of a value-added project for the walnuts and almonds being harvested at several HAF project sites, and HAF has just been awarded one of four Alliance for Global Good’s Innovation fund Prizes, which will enable HAF to obtain organic certification. (Details below)
Now, your contributions will go further than just planting trees. The yield from those trees will create jobs and additional income for community members.
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HAF Seeking Organic Certification:
As part of a new initiative, HAF has undertaken obtaining organic certification for the walnut and almond crops from High Atlas villages.
In September, HAF led nut specialists and entrepreneurs, a photographer and a technician from Morocco's Ministry of Agriculture on a week-long tour to study the current crops and systems and determine what steps will be necessary in order to obtain certification for these farmers. The expedition is described in detail in this HAF blog: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/blogs/308-Hafs-harvest-and-organic-certification
HAF Wins an Alliance for Global Good's Innovation Fund prize:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Innovation Fund Winners Announced
Four Nonprofits Selected For Project Funding
Winners use best-in-class combination of nonprofit mission and business models for sustainable social good.
Greensboro, NC – A path to prosperity for the poorest of Morocco's rural farmers through organic certification. … These are the proposals that were selected from nearly 50 applicants to be the  inaugural grantees of the Alliance for Global Good's Innovation Fund. ...
High Atlas Foundation | | Morocco
To learn more about this prize, read HAF's blog post: http://www.highatlasfoundation.org/blogs/312-haf-innovation-fund-winner-of-the-alliance-for-global-good
Attached please see photos taken during a recent tour of these projects earlier in September.
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