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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


HAF programs engage marginalized youth and provide essential educational opportunities.


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


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

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The start of a five-day tree planting campaign in Fes, Sefrou, and Meknes
 By Youssef Moussaoui HAF Volunteer   I have been volunteering for the High Atlas...
PMBF Funds Sustainable Development Research Project in Morocco
Peter Jacques, Ph.D., Professor UCF Political Science Department The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program...
Meeting the Women from the Aboghlou Cooperative in Ourika
by Celina Böhmer HAF intern The weather is getting warmer here in Morocco. The sun...
Participation and environmental education in the south’s Boujdour province
Errachid Montassir HAF project manager     A partnership agreement brought together The High Atlas...
The Compounding Benefits of Women’s Empowerment
by Fatima Zahra Laaribi Women’s Empowerment Lead Trainer High Atlas Foundation     From February...
The importance of Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships in the face of climate change
By Kerstin Opfer Operations manager High Atlas Foundation Marrakech   We are living in a...
Excursion to the Ourika valley with participants of the “KickOff Conference for Decentralization of Renewable Energy in Morocco”
By Celina Böhmer and Kerstin Opfer   Last week the High Atlas Foundation in partnership...
“The Journey of Trees - 7.100 fruit trees from Fés to the Midelt region for sustainable community development”
by Celina Böhmer, HAF Intern   In January, as part of the HAF team, project...
Eternalizing the Moment on Tree Planting Day
by Sofia d'Ávila Heidenreich Lacerda     It was on the beggining of my second...
Tree planting activity with volunteers from OCP and the local association of Anamer for community development
The volunteers from OCP, the HAF team and members of the local association planting...
Programmatic and other enduring memories during my stay in Jordan
Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas Foundation   I've been back in Marrakech from Amman,...
Tree Planting Day with OCP Volunteers in a Setti Fatma Community
by Juliana B. Feltrin HAF Volunteer from Brazil   Yesterday, I had another great experience...
HAF Celebrates its 14th tree planting day
By Errachid Montassir HAF Project Manager   Every year, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF)...
A green action for a more sustainable living in Meknes
Gabriella Moocarme Project Manager Leadership Development Institute Al-Akhawayn University     While Ifrane was getting...
Tree planting is a key to success
by Fatima Zahra Laaribi Financial Manager and Women Empowerment trainer   Annually, on the third...
مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير تحتفل بحدث التشجير بمجموعة من المناطق بالمملكة المغربية
عبد الهادي كستيح متطوع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير   دعت مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير الاثنين الماضي والموازي...
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بقلم عبد اللطيف البناني ضيف شرف مع مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير يوم 21 يناير2019   الواحد...
Les trésors cachés de Sidi Zouine
Par Karam Yann Volontaire FHA   Honnêtement je ne savais pas comment commencer cet article,...
Save Oxygen!!!: High Atlas Foundation’s Tree Planting Day
  Youssef El Mousaoui HAF Volunteer   Once in a lifetime experience. Annually, on...
About the Tree Day
  by Juliana B. Feltrin HAF Intern   The HAF National Tree Day was...
HAF’s National Tree Planting in Morocco, 21 January 2019, MLK Day-USA
It was a beautiful day today, the 21st of January 2019, meeting farmers and members...
Trees for Learning and Teaching
by Rachael Diniega Peace Corps Morocco Volunteer   My town’s middle and high school campus...
Tree bien! A few final words on my internship with HAF
  Manon Burbidge Lund University HAF Intern - Marrakech   As the sun sets...
Morocco Environment and Sustainability News Round-Up: 10th-18th January
    Manon Burbidge Lund University HAF Intern - Marrakech   Morocco to Invest $14bn...


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


    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


    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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