85% of rural Moroccan households earn less than the national average. Population growth and the low market-value of traditional staple crops (such as barley), from which most rural households derive their income, have made subsistence agriculture unsustainable, compelling farmers to transition to plant cash-crops, most commonly fruit trees, to generate significantly greater income.
This project will build 4 community-managed organic fruit tree and medicinal plant nurseries in the High Atlas Mountains, giving the community access to a sustainable source of income. HAF will train local agriculturalists, including women and youth, on organic certification and export and methods of growing trees and plants, creating self-reliance. 1 million trees have already been planted with communities, which helps absorb carbon dioxide to curb emissions and prevent very serious erosion.
The project integrates solutions to socio-economic and environmental problems, and will: 1) after 6 years increase multifold the income of 2000 households from fruit sales, benefiting 15,000 people; 2) diversify the economy and reduce urban migration; 3) prevent soil erosion and offset carbon emissions; 4) develop technical skills of 32 farmers to maintain and replenish the nurseries; 5) diversify diets with fruit consumption.
Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.Start a Fundraiser