A response to the
the climate emergency

in Morocco

Our Partners

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is a Moroccan association and U.S. 501(c) nonprofit corporation founded in 2000 by former Peace Corps volunteers committed to promoting sustainable development. HAF supports Moroccan communities in implementing human development initiatives. HAF promotes organic agriculture, women’s empowerment, youth development, education and health. Since 2011, HAF has been a consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
HAF focuses on local initiatives that community beneficiaries identify and manage:

  • Sustainable agriculture: Fruit tree and wild medicinal plant nurseries, irrigation efficiency, organic certification, technical skill building, carbon sequestration and marketing.
  • Education: School infrastructure, gardens and environmental protection
  • Health: Clean drinking water and waste management
  • Women and Youth Empowerment: Self-discovery, human rights and cooperative development
  • Capacity building: Participatory planning and management of projects, organization and environment

Role in the project:

  • Support for the creation of women’s cooperatives
  • Establishment of the nursery
    Planting, production and distribution of seedlings
  • Supervision and training of farmers and local associations, contribution to the reinforcement of the professional capacity of farmers
  • Support for the promotion of organic crops

    The mission of the “Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique “INRA”‘  is to undertake research for agricultural development.
    The purpose of this organization is to provide the institution with :

    • adequate strategic planning to strengthen the prospective capacities of adaptation, reaction and anticipation of the social demand for agricultural research
    • a proximity policy based on the regionalization and deconcentration of research;
    • integrated system of monitoring, evaluation and control;
      integrated and rational management of resources;
    • policy of valorization of its products;
      coherent information and cooperation policy.

    INRA operates through ten regional agricultural research centers and 23 experimental domains spread over the national territory and covering the various agrosystems of the country.
    In order to accomplish its mission and to be in tune with the latest scientific developments, INRA maintains partnerships with national and international organizations, development structures, the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

    Role in the project

    Participation in

    • The setting up of the farm-school, integrating the participatory adaptation of technologies to the local context and the valorization of local knowledge
    • Identification of appropriate markets for the sale of local and organic products
    • Development of organic agriculture in the region
    • Strengthening of the human capacities of local populations

      Our sponsors

      We warmly thank the Audemars Piguet Foundation for its generous donation for the establishment of a nursery and the construction of the first food and medicinal forest in Morocco.

      We would like to thank the ProTechhno foundation which supported us at the very beginning of our project by financing the preliminary study of the project “For the creation of a pilot project for the valorization of plant species adapted to the Moroccan semi-arid zones and to support the socio-economic development of disadvantaged regions”.