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    Making the Farmer King: Why Fair Trade Is a Big Deal

    – Making the Farmer King: The Need to Shift Our Approach to Agriculture, Morocco World News. By Olufunmilayo Aiyegbusi The Hague, Netherlands Looking through my grandfather’s diary 25 years after his death, I got some insights into the life of a farmer. Although he had three farms which would have added up to at least 100

    مؤسسة الأطلس الكبیر وشركائھا: المساھمة الفریدة في التنمیة المستدامة

    بقلم: حــنــا الزاوي تشبتا بمبادئھا التنمویة، ولزرع قیم الثقافة البیئیة والتنمیة المستدامة، أشرفت إدارة مؤسسة الأطلس الكبیر بمعیة شركائھا الأوفیاء، شركة سیمانس كامیزا للطاقات المتجددة ،بتوزیع وغرس شتلات الأشجار المثمرة بإقلیم بوجدور نزولا عند رغبات الساكنة، مع مراعاة مبدأ المقاربة التشخیصیة التشاركیة، وتفعیلا لشراكة مؤسسة الأطلس الكبیر وشركة سیمانس كامیزا للطاقات المتجددة، انتقل طاقم المؤسسة

    Q&A with HAF President Yossef Ben-Meir about HAF’s Carbon Sequestration Model

    By HAF Team Approximately 100,000 almond, walnut, and cherry saplings grow in the Tadmamt nursery on land lent in-kind by the Department of Water and Forests – Marrakech-Safi. HAF has ambitions to enhance the monitoring of its trees, measure carbon sequestration at a scientifically and socially responsible standard, and promote reinvestment back into the sustainable

    Climate Change, its Relationship to Afforestation, and the Contribution of the High Atlas Foundation

    Arabic version Written by Youssef Taheri, HAF Volunteer Translated from Arabic by Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, HAF Program Coordinator A photo exemplifying the effect of climate change What is meant by climate change? The concept of climate change is generally defined as the changes that occur at the level of the climate with a rise in

    Together, for Earth and for Morocco

    Dear friends, It is a special time of year – and a special week. We are celebrating the earth, our volunteers and partners, and the holy month of Ramadan. With the close of the planting season, our team is now visiting villages in 39 provinces across Morocco to monitor the 700,000 trees planted this year

    Offsets in Lockdown: Why COVID-19 Calls for Social Global Carbon Credits

    A Unified Emissions Trading System By Finn Grundmann With a value of $299 billion, the trade of carbon credits has become one of the fastest growing markets globally. But with growth comes complexity and a global challenge. In working with the market’s many requirements, rules, and standards, I learned quickly that both simplicity and partnership

    Blooming Morocco: One Argan Seed at a Time

    Blooming Morocco: One Argan Seed at a Time, Morocco World News, By Zuha Afzal – HAF-UVA Intern. Zuha Afzal – HAF-UVA Intern Deciphering effective mechanisms for long term growth is a journey that most certainly involves a variety of factors to be considered. Factors such as sustainable growth, women empowerment, clean drinking water, and planting

    Al-Haouz: The High Atlas Foundation Inaugurates the Solar Irrigation System in the Akrich Nursery

    Written by MAP Ecology in Arabic Translated into English by Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, HAF Program Coordinator The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) celebrated the inauguration of a solar irrigation system in the Akrich nursery in the rural commune of Tamslouht, Al-Haouz province. The nursery produces seedlings intended for later distribution to regional farmers and schools. The

    Marrakech: Discovering the Akrich Nursery, at the Heart of a Jewish Cemetery

    Written by Hajar Toufik, Journalist, in Arabic Translated into English by Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, HAF Program Coordinator The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) continues to develop its projects relating to the creation of organic tree nurseries by using the arable land belonging to the Moroccan Jewish community.  Nearly ten years ago, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF),

    Unfavorable Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources in Morocco

    Why Morocco Must Address Climate Change’s Threats to Water Resources, Morocco World News, By Megan Williams and Megan Sprotte HAF-UVA Interns. Megan Sprotte and Megan Williams HAF-UVA Interns Climate change is impacting water resources in Morocco, creating aggravated conditions as a result of both the environmental characteristics and social vulnerability that are present in the

    Decentralization of Renewable Energies: Akrich is the First Step of Many

    By Zainab Hachoumi, HAF Intern Kaoutar Ait Lahaj, HAF Program Coordinator The general assembly of the Moroccan Platform for the Decentralization of Renewable Energies visiting Akrich. The High Atlas Foundation together with GermanWatch and the steering committee of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Project (MSP) have been carrying out their work on the decentralization of renewable energies

    تجربة زراعية مغربية بين الأمس واليوم

    بقلم: محمد القادري منذ سنة 2000، ظلت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير تدعم التنمية في المغرب، حيث اعتمدت منذ ذلك الحين على أساليب وطرق متعددة من أجل وضع خطة طريق للسير بالتنمية المستدامة في البلاد. لقد بدأت كمرحلة أولى بتوعية سكان الجبال والقرى عبر تنظيم تكوينات وورشات تهدف الى تطوير مهارات وقدرات الأفراد في المجتمعات المحلية أثناء

    Achieving Environmental and Economic Sustainability Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management

    Shivani Lakshman HAF-UVA Intern Lake Ifni at the Toubkal National Park; Morocco’s oldest and largest protected area. Courtesy of the High Atlas Foundation, 2018. The Moroccan government recently laid out a new forestry strategy intended to meet five major goals: sustain natural resources in forests and National Parks, engage local users in forest management, promote

    Young Aziza Date Survivability

    Carlie Daniel HAF-UVA Intern The Aziza Date is a rare type of date that contains a lower sugar content than other dates and can be preserved for up to two years before spoiling. Its long shelf life and nutritional value make it a valuable fruit that has the potential to be very beneficial to farmers

    Access to water is not only a necessity but a method of community enrichment

    Carlie Daniel HAF-UVA Intern Development. When many people hear this word, they think of infrastructure and improved education but do not necessarily think about the challenges and processes that convert a place to a developed area. Participatory methods have been shown to have many benefits and positive outcomes as a method of development including helping

    Sustainable Agricultural Villages as a Panacea to Poverty

    Sustainable Agricultural Villages As a Panacea to Poverty, By Olufunmilayo Aiyegbusi, moroccoworldnews. By Olufunmilayo Aiyegbusi Volunteer, High Atlas Foundation Nigeria As a nursing mother some years ago, I would have given anything to have had a small business. Working in a highly structured law firm and handling several sensitive case files clashed significantly with that

    Achieving Environmental and Economic Sustainability Through Community-Based Natural Resource Management

    Shivani Lakshman HAF-UVA Intern The Moroccan government recently laid out a new forestry strategy intended to meet five major goals: sustain natural resources in forests and National Parks, engage local users in forest management, promote rural development, strengthen forests’ productive potential, and preserve biodiversity (Ministre de l’Agriculture). By 2030, Morocco aims to restore 133,000 hectares

    Youth and Environment: Tree planting with schools in Ouezzane province

    Karam-Yane Azzabi HAF Program Coordinator It was with great enthusiasm that we – Karam-Yane Azzabi and Mohamed El Kadiri – travelled to Ouezzane on March 12th, in order to distribute trees to schools in the area.  As soon as we arrived, we were received by the Provincial Director of the Ministry of National Education. Our

    Former Pastoral Nomads Considering In-Place Farming

    Recent trends reveal that pastoralists in the Maghreb region are turning to sedentary farming practices like agroforestry as nomadic herding becomes more difficult. This unpublished article investigates the causes for this shift, associated environmental impacts, and local responses. Volunteers plant carob and olive tree saplings as part of a community project with HAF in the

    Multiculturalism Enables, Reinvigorates Participatory Approach Development

    Ian MacPherson HAF UVa Student Intern Nov 5, 2018—  High Atlas Foundation facilitates a women’s IMAGINE workshop adapted for Moroccan cultural and religious practices. Deep relationships maintained over time and a global scope at a local scale characterize the participatory approach to development. Methods grouped under the umbrella of participation vary widely, and are formed

    Agonss, a Life Between Meadows and Snow

    By Zineb Laadam Farmer-to-Farmer, Morocco Despite weakening bodies, with grey hair and clenched faces, these people are still closely committed to their work with all dedication and sincerity. Time has not weakened their spirits. Heaven did not bury them but rather made them warriors in the field. They love nature, and it loves them back.

    Imagine Women’s Empowerment: The Golden Flower, The Flower of Aboghlo.

    By Zineb Laadam Farmer-to-Farmer, Morocco The High Atlas Foundation celebrates women’s achievements at the Aboghlo cooperative. In the darkness of every night, she raises her head to the sky, looks with her eyes at the stars, holds the shield of a soldier in her hands, and does not know what to do with it. Does

    Saving The Nurseries: HAF’s Proposals to Water Challenges

    Sanae Benaadim HAF Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Water is one of the most important resource management aspects that integrates the notion of sustainability in Morocco.The High Atlas Foundation is focused on spreading and strengthening sustainable development in Moroccan communities through several big and small projects.There are nexus cycles between three main elements/keys of life,

    Farmer to Farmer Success Stories: Reflections from the Field

    Zineb Laadam HAF Farmer to Farmer Field Officer The women of the Ghmat Division Cooperative have started producing honey thanks to our partnership with USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program. January 7, 2021 – “Success stories,” a short phrase but with great meanings. This phrase was said by Errachid Montassir (Project Manager at the High Atlas Foundation) before

    FENELEC: Renewable Energy in a Moroccan Jewish Community-Managed Nursery

    Kaoutar Ait Lahaj Social Media Program Coordinator On Sunday, February 20, 2021, the High Atlas Foundation inaugurated the solar water pumping system at our Akrich nursery. We are grateful to our partner FENELEC for donating the system and for their commitment  to promoting renewable energy solutions in Morocco.  On February 28, 2021, the High Atlas

    The Ascendency and Mainstay of Participatory Development

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    Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir Marrakech Participatory community movements found a contemporary impetus in post-World War II reconstruction of Europe and decolonization, primarily in Africa. The approach of locally managed change, however, was highly distrusted during these initial years, during which the dominant view was that central-level policy makers are in a better position than the people

    Love Your Mother (Language)

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    Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, Katie Bercegeay, and Sofia Ashooh A mother language is the language of the heart. This Mother Language Day the High Atlas Foundation celebrates the people of Morocco and recognizes the importance of human connection and understanding to achieve sustainable development. We are able to express ourselves in our mother language unlike any

    Confronting Climate Change: Afforestation Efforts in the Imilchil Circle

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    Karam-Yane Azzabi, HAF Programs Coordinator High Atlas Foundation’s Karam-Yane Azzabi met with representatives from the Akhiam Association as well as farmers in the Imilchil Circle to discuss afforestation efforts and changes in local agriculture. It was with great enthusiasm that I hit the road to Imilchil from Marrakech. I knew that the road was long,

    HAF Celebrates Tree Planting Day 2021 with the People of Morocco

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    La HAF Célèbre La Journée De Plantation D’arbres 2021 Avec Le Peuple Marocain, World News, By Sanae Benaadim. • Arabic: World News, 11 February 2021. Sanae Benaadim HAF’s Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Caption: The High Atlas Foundation, led by President Yossef Ben-Mier, planting the first tree with a farmer in the Herbil commune to inaugurate

    HAF to Plant Trees in Morocco on Martin Luther King Day

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    Elizabeth Jay Program Manager | Digital Strategist  Martin Luther King Day falls in the middle of the High Atlas Foundation’s tree-planting season, the most fertile time of year in Morocco. January 18, 2020 – On Martin Luther King Jr. Day that inspires volunteerism, the High Atlas Foundation celebrates its Tree Planting day. Annually, the Foundation