In 2002, a group of Afghan Americans and Americans in New York City founded Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) to restore the country’s long tradition of cultivating trees on the farm to provide food and income. Today, more than 10,000 Afghans have flourishing orchards, woodlots, nurseries and vineyards. Their livelihoods and lives have improved significantly through GPFA’s work with them.
Focus on Farmers – Women and Men
GPFA began its work with small farmers in Guldara District of the Shomali Plain, one hour north of Kabul. Many families had just returned from exile in neighboring countries to destroyed homes and devastated farmland. They needed help to revitalize their existing orchards, vineyards and woodlots and to plant new ones. GPFA has worked in 14 provinces across Afghanistan (see map), in horticulture, agroforestry, reforestation, vegetable production, water management and related activities.
Recently, GPFA has expanded its programs to establish larger commercial farms that help small farmers and landless people gain access to productive land and modern technology. Developing fruit and vegetable storage facilities and providing farm-to-market support have been added to our scope.
Afghan NGO and US Non-Profit Organization
GPFA became a certified tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 2002 and has been registered as a non-governmental organization in Afghanistan since 2003.