In Morocco, the dominant barriers to ending rural poverty and realizing opportunities include a pervasive need for fruit tree agriculture, irrigation infrastructure, technical skills, market access,, an agricultural processing line and cooperatives to promote sustainable development. By growing organic fruit tree nurseries manages by local communities, we kick-start the growth of the agricultural value-chain, empower communities and meet most pressing needs.
This project grows fruit trees in Morocco that do not require pesticides, and we are committed to securing organic certification and carbon credits. This will on average doubled the products' value in comparison to what Moroccan farmers currently receive. Additionally, doing so would have promoted greater long-term comparative advantage and economic diversity. Local beneficiaries provide their labor in-kind, as they have identified this project through participatory democratic means.
The project's impact is economic (with greater sustainable income), environmental (stemming erosion and carbon reduction) and in personal empowerment (being community-managed in all aspects). It promotes agricultural diversification and employment. It restores the ecosystem by growing organic and endemic fruit trees. And local people manage the design, implementation and evaluation. Therefore, the potential from new and similar opportunities may be harnessed successfully in the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
High Atlas Foundation distributing walnut trees