Seventy-five percent of Afghans rely on agriculture to support their livelihoods, yet many of Afghanistan's fruit trees were destroyed during decades of conflict and war, having a negative impact on farmers' livelihoods and the local environment. The lack of viable fruit orchards has contributed to the food crisis in Afghanistan and resulting malnutrition widely felt by the Afghan population. Additionally, the local environment has suffered from degraded soil, water, and air quality.
Since 2004, GPFA has helped Afghan farmers plant 9.25 million trees, increasing household incomes by an average of 25%. Along with economic benefits, planting fruit trees enhances the local environment by providing oxygen and lessening CO2 to combat climate change, improving water quality, and making the soil more fertile. GPFA will provide farmers with saplings and the required training to learn the basics of planting, pruning, growth and pest control, tree nutrition, irrigation,and harvesting.
This project will not only increase farmer incomes, but will renew the environment, and provide fresh fruit at the micro-level in an otherwise food insecure country. With locally grown fresh fruit, farmers will be able to increase their fruit production year after year, contributing to the sustainability of their livelihoods and the renewal of the land.