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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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FRÉ and The Imagine Empowerment Workshop
by Tal Carmel  In January 2018, FRÉ’s founders and a couple ambassadors had the opportunity...
Marketing for Cooperatives: From Lifesavers to Pike’s Place
By Katherine O’NeilClaremont McKenna College (USA), HAF Intern  On Friday, July 13, I visited the...
A Pitch by High Atlas Foundation's Yossef Ben-Meir
This video is a genuine testament to the emotional drive and intentional visionary spirit...
Act4Community Forum: first steps in a new volunteer world
 By Saloua RmitaHAF intern from Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus---- Office Chérifien des Phosphates...
High Atlas Shrugged
By Alex FrumkinDuke University, travel abroad student  A week ago, I visited Marrakesh and had...
Caring for Life in Tadmamt
Tadmamt tree nursery, Province of Al Haouz (23 July 2018) By Saloua Rmita (Eastern...
Active Youth
By Said Bennani, HAF Project Manager  Here at the Abdelaziz Ben Driss Center for the...
Podcast episode of - On the Issues - where HAF's president Yossef Ben-Meir is interviewed
Check out this podcast episode of - On the Issues - where HAF's president Yossef Ben-Meir is...
Why Education Isn’t the Only Solution: An Overview of Female Employment in Morocco and the Region
By Katherine O’Neill Marrakech  The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has the lowest female...
When Policy Turns to Action
Nathan Park, HAF InternMarrakech, Morocco  Morocco World News just released an article covering the...
Can the Moroccan Approach Inspire a Development Revolution?
Julia Al-AkkadMarrakech  Decades of conflict and complex power dynamics between Jewish and Muslim communities have...
The Free Trade Agreement affirms Environmental Protection
By Hajar Ennamli and Amy Zhang Marrakesh, Morocco--- On June 15th, 2004, Morocco and...
Newsletter: Volunteers Edition
GRATEFUL FOR HAF’S VOLUNTEERS The High Atlas Foundation was born from volunteerism. HAF is the...
Grateful for HAF’s Volunteers
The High Atlas Foundation was born from volunteerism. HAF is the product of Peace Corps...
An American in Amizmiz: Personal observation and community assessment
By Aurora Bays-MuchmoreHAF InternStudent, University of Virginia--------  Six months ago, when I learned that I...
Watering the Seeds, Not the Weeds
Imagine Workshop in Izourane, June 21st – June 24th, 2018  By Katherine O’NeillHAF Intern...
Cultivating and Saving Varieties of Endemic Moroccan Figs
By Katherine O’NeillHAF Intern / Student at Claremont McKenna College  Since the beginning of 2018,...
The next step for cooperatives is certification
Members of the Aboghlou Women’s Cooperative in the Ourika Valley, Morocco (photo by the...
Reflecting on the UN statement regarding Morocco’s Migration Policy
 By Nathan ParkHAF Intern A released UNCTAD report highlights Morocco’s leadership regarding intra-African migrant issues....
A new nursery grows roots
By Theodor MaghrakHAF Volunteer I’m volunteering with High Atlas Foundation through a sabbatical option at...
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...

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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