Developing Farm Forestry Enterprises
With supplies and training from GPFA, farmer entrepreneurs each plant up to 8,000 poplars and other trees in half-acre woodlots on their own land. They earn income from the sale of cuttings and seedlings within a year. When poplar woodlots reach maturity in seven years, farmers can harvest trees for a significant amount of income.
Our agroforestry program participants produce trees for urgently needed fuel, fodder, erosion control and environmental protection.
Examples of GPFA projects that focus on forestry include:
RECENT PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
More Wood for Wardak
There are many reasons for growing hybrid poplar woodlots in Afghanistan. Timber is used in construction and carpentry. It slows the destruction of dwindling natural forests. It can replace poppy cultivation since it is just as profitable. And so GPFA is establishing with Wardak farmers 94 woodlots covering 94,000 square meters. Read more here.