Qat growing has spread a lot all over Yemen, but its consumption represents an economic trap, as well as a social phenomenon. Many Yemenis are spending a large part of their income to buy qat leaves, considered as a narcotic substance, instead of responding to their family’s needs.
Some inhabitants of the Haraz villages, located southwest of Sana’a, decided to uproot these trees and grow other types of crops that are more useful and profitable to the community.
Therefore, we want to pursue this initiative and replace qat with coffee trees currently growing in our nurseries. The objective is to revive the agricultural sector and the coffee production in Yemen.
The Haraz region is known for its fertility, its agricultural heritage and the quality of the coffee produced on its lands. 75% of that land is proper for the growing of this high-quality product that can benefit the whole country. Moreover, many private or state-owned lands are now uncultivated and abandoned due to the population’s migration to Sanaa.
This project is an opportunity to reforest and maintain these precious lands.