Reforestation improves the environment and provides healthier spaces for Afghan citizens. USAID is helping to reforest the country with a variety of trees, including fruit trees, to provide both greenery and income-generation opportunities. Additionally, USAID is planting trees at schools to increase environmental awareness, and is planting along roads or canals to decrease erosion and reduce water loss.
Recently, USAID reforested public areas including schools, city parks, and industrial parks. Girls and boys schools, industrial parks, and Jalalabad municipality received 1,950 trees. Nearly 2,500 local farmers received forest saplings and fruit trees, the products of which – fruit and wood – will become a renewable source of income. Currently, more than 9,500 families in three refugee camps are receiving 42,000 trees, which they will plant around their homes to provide greenery and a source of fruit to their diets.