Blog: Valley of Ali

Tree Cuttings Distributed by the Thousands

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

We visited the Poplar tree project in the Valley of Ali in April. It was the time we planned to be there. Usually, this is the time of year for planting trees. Our staff already cut and distributed 2,500 cuttings there, because many farmers were instructed to get Poplar cuttings.

Poplar Tree Cultivation

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

Spring is the time when cuttings are taken from the existing grove of poplar trees. GHNI hired Hamish, an accomplished horticulturist, as our new office administrator, and he’s helping to develop this project. After seeing the condition of the trees after the harsh winter, we are making plans for the future. We will keep you posted.

GHNI Afghanistan Team

*For purposes of security, “Valley of Ali” is a pseudonym of the village being helped by this project.

Spring Prospects

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

We had so much success in Valley of Ali with planting poplar trees. Many farmers learned how to plant poplar trees in their fields and promote tree-planting culture to their District. For the last few years, the local government also demonstrated tree-planting culture to every part of this hidden District, because in the past, people eradicated bushes to burn as fuel for their needs.

Readying for Spring

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

Our trees became a model in Yakawlang District. As we are approaching the spring, we hope that thousands of poplar tree cuttings will be distributed to farmers in that area.

Every springtime when we go there, many farmers are gathering in the tree fields and asking for some cuttings. It shows that they saw the result and trees have a good impact in their villages. They long to get cuttings and plant in their own fields.

Growing Ready to Multiply

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

The people of the Valley of Ali want to have enough water so that they can plant more trees on their lands. If they grow enough poplars, they can use the branches of the trees for burning, making the house warm, and also for cooking food.

Healthy Prospects

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

Our poplar tree project is a masterpiece in the Valley of Ali, and recently we visited. Leaves are falling and the trees have grown in comparison to previous years, because we had plenty of water this year.

Many people didn't know about this kind of tree, and now have been inspired to plant hybrids on their own land. Year after year, we see the applicants for poplar cuttings increasing because they have seen the results and how these trees are suited for this cold climate.

Better Health and Healthy Crops

*Q Village, Afghanistan

Clean drinking water and health education are improving the quality of life in Q Village.

Ending Poverty One Villager at a Time

No matter where you live, poverty exists.  What we see on our national news, it is just the glimpse of the extreme poverty in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.  Much of the world’s poverty is hidden, covered or ignored in our modern existence.  It is too much for us to bear!

GHNI workers cannot turn away from the realities. Our field workers walk daily alongside hidden and hurting communities. They watch as villages transform before their eyes.  There is a solution to poverty and it lies within villagers; it lies within those currently living in poverty.

New Tree Farmers

Several families rural Afghanistan are able increase their income and have hope for the future because of this agricultural project. We are excited to hear from our leaders in Afghanistan about the progress being made!


*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

“Some good progress has been made with the tree project in the past month and we have now added a total of 14 new farmers to this project.