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HAF completed its 1 Million Tree Goal in January 2014, and has since launched a 1 Billion Tree Campaign. Join us in breaking the cycle of subsistence agriculture.

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HAF works in rural areas of Morocco to target the most marginalized communities.

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With support from HAF’s expert field staff, communities are given the tools and knowledge to take on their most difficult development challenges.

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Infrastructural development is key to bringing communities clean drinking water, improving learning conditions in schools, and increasing agricultural efficiency and production.

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HAF’s grassroots approach engages community members throughout the entire development cycle, from planning to implementation and evaluation.

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HAF’s experiential training approach increases the impact of development and enables projects to achieve scale.

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Income-generating projects empower vulnerable community members and help to break the cycle of poverty.

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HAF programs engage marginalized youth and provide essential educational opportunities.

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HAF created a social enterprise, High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), which takes an environmentally friendly approach to food security and prosperity.

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HAF is dedicated to benefiting disadvantaged communities and groups, especially women and youth, throughout Morocco.

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Organic Nurseries, Organic Fruits
By William Nichols F2F Volunteer Land O’Lakes International ------- I am a late career American businessman. ...
Investment in Sami’s Project Swiftly Transforming Communities
By Julia Al-Akkad HAF Intern The High Atlas Foundation’s initiation of Sami’s Project in 2011...
Optimism for River Management with the Tassa Ouirgane Community
By Julia Payne HAF Intern On Monday June 4, 2018, we took the snaking...
Unlocking the Potential of the Women of Ourika Valley
The women of the Ourika commune and HAF Project Manager Amina El Hajjami (second...
New Voices to the Old: Sprouting Progress in Marrakech’s Mellah
By Aichatou Haidara & Aanya Salot HAF Interns On the 24th of May, the...
The Cogwheel of Sustainability in the High Atlas
By Salim Syassi HAF Intern and Student at Al Akhawayn University ---- Anamer and Aghbalou...
Experiencing ‘Imagine’ Women’s Empowerment
By Salma Chamikhe and Gal Kramarski HAF Interns   Women from mountain villages took...
From Transit to Integration: A Moroccan Initiative for Community Development
This article by Nathan Park, a HAF Intern from the University of Virginia (USA), addresses...
Iftar, 2018
For most people who are familiar with Islam, they are aware that Ramadan is...
Experience at Cadi Ayyad University
By Fatime Zahra Machloukh Student at Cadi Ayad University   When we talk about...
Striving for a green world, one plant at a time
By Said Bennani HAF Project Manager The successful partnership between the High Atlas Foundation (HAF)...
Happy Ramadan and HAF's 2018
  2018 HAF MILESTONE: 1,4 MILLION TREES AND SEEDS PLANTED An old Moroccan proverb, “One...
2018 HAF Moroccan milestone: 1.4 million trees and seeds planted
  By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Program Assistant  --- An old Moroccan proverb, “One hand can’t...
Conserving Traditional Crop Diversity and Wild Medicinal Plants in Morocco
Morocco is a key producer of fruits and vegetables for global markets thanks to the...
HAF 1 of 10 civil society organizations participating in training on digital security
  By Fatima Zahra Laaribi Financial Manager and Trainer      I had the honor...
High Atlas Foundation and MEPI in Oujda
On February 20, in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, HAF in Oujda...
Developing Capability for Seed Storage and Preservation in Morocco
Developing Capability for Seed Storage and Preservation in Morocco By Russ Zick USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer...
HAF joins the Delegation of Education in Chichaoua for Earth Day event hosted by high school students
By Eliana Lisuzzo HAF Program Assistant  --- Just as every other nation in the...
Visionnaires d'hier et d'aujourd'hui
Un voyage récent au Maroc a été ma dix-septième mission de bénévolat avec le...
HAF invests in UCA students to spread the participatory approach in Morocco
By Errachid Montassir HAF Project Manager The growth of sustainable development as a mainstream...
TREES for a FRUITFUL FUTURE
By Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Ph.D. USAID-HAF Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Marrakech   The Farmer to Farmer (F2F) program...
HAF Thanks Ecosia
Ecosia, a social business based in Germany, has made green, empowering, sustainable, and soon...
HAF and Al Akhawayn University Plant Trees with Communities in Azrou
The HAF-Fes Team organized last Sunday a tree planting event at Azrou, with students...

PROGRAMS

HAF wins SEED Award for sowing seeds for entrepreneurship and development

Last week, I had the privilege of representing HAF at the 2013 SEED Symposium and International Awards ceremony organized for the 2013 SEED Award winners, where HAF was recognized for its achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship and promising efforts to promote economic growth, social development and environmental protection in Morocco.

The events, which took place at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, were organized within the framework of the Global South-South Development Expo, an international forum where representatives from different countries and organizations came to share their successful southern-grown solutions to address the millennium development goals.

 

 

This was a good opportunity to showcase HAF’s organic agriculture project and its goal to develop a social and environmental enterprise that reinvest profits from selling certified organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains into community projects, while generating a revenue stream that provides on-going support and assistance to rural communities through the entire agricultural development cycle, including building community nurseries, introducing adapted irrigation systems, capacity building, organic certification and marketing.

 

The model was very well received by the organizers and by the participating 33 entrepreneurs from different countries and generated constructive discussionsaround the concept of green economy and the role of social and environmental enterprises.

 

The event was also a great opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from government, civil society,academia, donor institutions and the private sector, and particularly with many entrepreneurs, and to learn from the “local solutions that make a difference”, as advanced by the SEED Symposium theme. From biodegradable plates implanted with organic seeds to provide food after use; a social media website to promote car-sharing; reliable, clean and sustainable power to off-grid households; and affordable biodegradable sanitary pads made from banana waste to an art and craft workshop that trains disadvantage women to design and create organic products based on recycled paper – all the 33 projects were smart, very inspiring and address intractable problems while taking huge risks. I was particularly inspired with the very ambitious goals, such as economic and environmental sustainability and social equity despite the simplicity of the solutions presented.

 

Following a discussion with a group of young entrepreneurs about the fine line between being entrepreneurial for one’s own good or for the good of the planet and the effectiveness of for-profits and nonprofits and the question of success and social value, I came to believe more than ever that with its model to channel the income from selling organic walnuts and almonds produced in the High Atlas Mountains (and other organic produce from other regions), after farmers’ and production costs, into programs and services aimed at meeting people’s unmet or under-met needs, HAF is in a unique position to promote a melded business model, with multiplying factors for direct social, environmental and economic impacts for thousands of communities and for all Morocco.

 

By Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki

Program Director

High Atlas Foundation

  • Organic agriculture

    Organic agriculture

    HAF and communities, with the social enterprise High Atlas Agriculture and Artisanal (HA3), create initiatives that span the entire agricultural cycle – from nurseries and markets to the farming of certified organic raw and value-added products.
  • Youth

    Youth

    HAF and community partners give Moroccan schoolchildren and youth access to greater educational opportunities by improving school infrastructure and increasing learning potential.
  • Clean drinking water

    Clean drinking water

     HAF successfully addresses water access challenges for rural communities and schools throughout Morocco.
  • Clean energy

    Clean energy

    HAF and community partners are developing several new sustainable innovations, such as the production of biomass briquettes. These clean energy alternatives provide creative solutions to Morocco’s toughest challenges.
  • Training

    Training

    HAF’s experiential training ensures sustainable access to knowledge and skills and focuses on the diffusion of these benefits throughout communities.
  • Women’s programs

    Women’s programs

    HAF projects work to combat the traditional socioeconomic marginalization of women by helping them identify their community needs and creating projects to achieve their goals.
  • Cultural diversity

    Cultural diversity

    HAF promotes intercultural partnerships and collaboration towards a common goal: sustainable human development.          
  • HA3: HAF’s social enterprise
     HAF’s award winning social enterprise covers the organic agriculture cycle from nurseries to market. Organic certification increases household incomes, and enables reinvestment into additional in human development projects.

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