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Improving Practical Education

Isolated due to decades of war, Afghans are starved for technical knowledge in horticulture and forestry.  Better practical training can mean immediate income improvement.  Working with Kabul University and Albironi Universityin Kapisa Province, GPFA is building outreach and  research and demonstration projects that train university students, faculty and local farmers in practical forestry and horticulture skills.  These initiatives ultimately promise reform of agricultural education, bringing university training more in line with the needs of students and an emerging rural economy.

GPFA Tree House

At the Tree House Training Center, an Afghan-run center of excellence in farm forestry, horticulture and entrepreneurship, GPFA hosts demonstration projects, training workshops and partnerships with experts and other institutions. The Tree House supports the development of quality plant stock, productive orchard and woodlot enterprises, producer associations, fruit storage facilities, low-cost irrigation and market and credit access.  By helping a new generation of Afghan women and men professionals succeed in farm forestry and horticulture, the Tree House will accelerate the rebuilding of Afghanistan’s vital agricultural sector as it creates an enduring local institution and legacy of economic recovery and hope.

For more information about GPFA education/capacity building projects:
Casten Family Foundation
Clinton Global Initiative
Albironi University

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