The Nurseries of Hope 2030

Published : June 3, 2020


As the crisis in Yemen enters its sixth year, the agriculture sector has become one of the worst hit by the current crisis. Agricultural assets have been lost, destroyed, or degraded, severely comprising food production, causing extensive damage to livelihoods and high unemployment rates.

Agriculture remains the main source of livelihoods for the majority of Yemenis, living in rural areas. Long-term interventions towards improving food security and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable rural households while restoring the agriculture sector of the country is of utmost importance.

The rural and mountainous area of Manakhah in specific saw a decrease in agricultural production, worsening – already severe – poverty among villagers. 

This two-year project thus aims to improve the livelihoods of local farmers and communities in Manakhah district, Yemen by restoring coffee farming in the region. The project will support farmers and communities in setting up and running a coffee plantation business. 

A plant nursery to produce coffee seedlings will be built. Ready for planting coffee seedlings will be distributed to 619 inhabitants of the surrounding villages free of charge in order they could start the agricultural business. The project will indirectly benefit 4147  people in the region.

The other part of the tree production will be sold at an affordable price in order to keep the nursery activity going.

Some figures: 

  • Nursery of hope 2030 N°1
    • 30,000 fruit trees 
  • Nursery of Hope 2030 N°2. Generously supported by the Swiss cities of Geneva, Bernex and Le Grand-Saconnex. 
    • + 4 greenhouses 
    • 83 000 coffee trees produced 
    • 64’021 coffee trees distributed free to 619 people (219 men and 400 women) in 2020
    • 192 063 m2 of land reforested