Increasing Income from Farm to Market
Afghan farm families survive and prosper through multiple sources of income–from horticulture and forestry to vegetable production, fruit processing and other activities, both on the farm and up the market chain. For example, GPFA helps farmers build underground fruit storage facilities; incomes have increased 150% by spreading out sales beyond the harvest season. We help form farmer associations and undertake other local initiatives to increase small farmers’ income and market power.
We incubate small, experimental projects (solar drying, briquette production from farm waste, beekeeping) in our Tree House Training and Education Center in Guldara and elsewhere and then expand them to other locations once their value is proven.
See Regenerating Fruit and Nut Production for an example of a project connecting production to marketing.