Tree Nurseries to Benefit 10,000 Rural Moroccans

by High Atlas Foundation Vetted since 2006 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


Farmers are transitioning to cash-crops, commonly fruit trees, to generate greater income. The Ministry of Agriculture suggests billions of trees and plants are needed to overcome subsistence practices. This project grows 100,000 organic fruit trees in community nurseries, particularly ones managed by women's cooperatives. The fruit varieties include almond, argan, carob, fig, olive, pomegranate and walnut. HAF monitors tree growth with registries to certify carbon offsets and credits.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


High Atlas Foundation distributing walnut trees

Organization Information

High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @haffdtn
Project Leader:
Yossef Ben-Meir
President of the High Atlas Foundation
Gueliz - Marrakech, Morocco
$21,925 raised of $50,000 goal
170 donations
$28,075 to go
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