Five Year Plan

HAF’s Five Year Plan: Scaling Vertically and Horizontally for all Morocco:

vGoal 1: Community planning and development:

In five years, HAF training programs are in all 48 provinces of Morocco, where local people participate in prioritizing, creating actions plans, and implementing development projects. 

¨    Diffusion and “snowballing” of sustainable development requires trained facilitators of participatory planning and development.  Training in communities (“learning by doing”) is most effective and creates new projects.


Ø  To achieve Goal 1, HAF will experientially train 2,000 people annually in participatory facilitation, management, agricultural methods, and other areas, who will catalyze community planning in their home areas, as part of their professions, and as often as possible on behalf of HAF projects.

¨    Participants of training programs are members of civil society organizations and government (locally elected officials, extension of ministries), students, teachers, corporate representatives, religious leaders, citizens, and aid workers – people who are in a position to interface with local communities about development.


Ø  HAF currently has experiential training programs in seven provinces of Morocco, including:

¨    Al Haouz – with 20 elected  women to Rural Communal Councils, and family farmers: partnering with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Agency of Partnership for Progress (APP, with MCA Morocco)

¨    Beni Mellal – with community members in two Communes; partnering with the Organization of the Moroccan Community of the United States

¨    Boujdour – with community members (partnering with Kosmos Energy Morocco)

¨    Essaouira – with 400 schoolchildren (partnering with the Ambassadors Cultural Preservation Fund)

¨    Mohammedia – with  80 university students from Hassan II University  and 80 civil society organization members; partnering with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

¨    Rhamna – with 20 elected women (MEPI partnership)

¨    Taroudant – with hundreds of family famers (APP partnership)

● In 2012 in this province, HAF completed a training program in the Toubkal Commune – funded by NED, where all 43 villages identified viable projects – forming the Communal Development Plan.  This is a ground-breaking project and a vital step toward HAF assisting community planning and development across provinces.


HAF is dedicated to engaging millions of Moroccans in community development projects

catalyzed by training thousands of people in participatory planning and management.

vGoal 2: Partnering to meet national needs of billions of fruit trees and plants, value-added and infrastructural initiatives, and women and youth projects:

In five years, HAF and community and public-private partners will progress to annually plant 50 million fruit seeds and saplings and wild medicinal plants in community-managed nurseries and secure organic certification and other value-added opportunities for agricultural products, increasing household incomes by 400%, benefiting an additional 200,000 people each year, including through erosion prevention.  Integral to this Goal and initiative is HAF and communities’ annual implementation of: a) 200 village-based irrigation projects, b) 200 clean-drinking water systems, c) 100 women’s Coops created or expanded, and d) 100 Sami’s tree and garden projects with schools and supporting new infrastructure (such as teachers accommodations and bathrooms).

¨    Tree Nurseries: Building nurseries is about one-tenth the cost of purchasing two year old trees and plants from existing private nurseries.

¨    Irrigation: Building irrigation infrastructure can conserve half of the water, enabling expanding orchards and harvesting at the optimal time due to water availability during dry periods.  This is relatively the most costly and absolutely vital for agricultural development.

¨    Drinking Water: Clean drinking water projects remain a top project priority expressed by rural communities, who experience frighteningly high infant mortality, shorter life spans, and reduced energy.  Time spent to procure water (and fuel wood) is a burden on women and girls, and prevents a level of participation in education.

¨    Women: Women very often describe that they have either never been to school or left at an early age, and they want to fulfill the human need of knowing how to read and write, to develop productive skills, and creating economic security.

¨    Youth: Teaching school children the benefits of planting, cultivating and protecting trees — and how they sustain human life — will ensure generations of stewards of the earth.  The trees and plants benefit each school and are distributed to children to plant in their family plots.  HAF invests in school infrastructure that expands participation among girls and teachers time with students. 


Ø  To achieve Goal 2,  

¨    Securing Organic Certification doubles the value of almonds and walnuts, raising the income levels of marginalized Moroccan family farmers in a way – through HAF partnership – that will also increase local investments in education, health, and economic (including agricultural) development – reducing urban migration and realizing communities’ vast growth potential; HAF is partnering with the Alliance for Global Good in this project.

¨    In 2012, HAF’s partnership with the High Commission of Waters and Forests achieved an important pilot project: building a community fruit tree nursery on land lent by the High Commission in the Asni Commune of Al Haouz; this can be expanded to hundreds of similar plots that dot the country, helping subsistence farmers overcome this costly project input

¨    The Moroccan Jewish Community of Marrakech has also lent land in Al Haouz for HAF-community nurseries, and the materials to complete implementation are funded by the Lodestar Foundation and Wahiba Estergard and Michael Gilliland.


Actions to Achieves Goals 1 & 2

Cost of each $

Total $

Participatory train 2,000 people



Plant 4,000,000 trees and wild medicinal plants



Build 100 village irrigation infrastructure



Build 100 village drinking water systems



Create/strengthen 100 women’s associations/coops



Engage 100 schools in Sami’s Project








HAF is dedicated to scaling critical project types and strategies in order for Morocco to overcome rural poverty.


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