Families lives continue to be transformed with the income provided by hybrid poplar trees planted by GHNI. In their latest report on the project’s progress, the GHNI Afghanistan team shares how families are becoming more sustainable.
“The valleys of Central Afghanistan are verdant and lush and provide good places for the inhabitants to pasture their flocks or to grow crops of wheat and barley. The scenery is stunningly beautiful! The high mountains which cover 90% of the province rise up on each side of the green pastures.
“However, the climate – transitional between cold arid and semi-arid – can be harsh. The severe winters last up to 6 months of the year, cutting off many villages in an area where transportation facilities are already sparse. Heavy snowfall in winter, followed by spring flooding, can wreak havoc on the locals’ attempts to feed their families from the soil.
“It is in light of all this that GHNI began the tree project in the region several years ago. The hybrid poplar trees continue to grow well there and we are encouraged by the progress being made in this project. In an area where many people have only unsteady, if any, income, the opportunity to make money from fast growing poplars is attractive.
“In the first quarter of this year, several new farmers were given cuttings from the existing trees. Although patience is required as they wait for the trees to reach maturity, so far it looks promising. The trees have continued to grow well. We are optimistic that these farmers will also be able to provide extra support for their families from the income they should gain.”