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Improved Farming Practices For Life

 


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Over the last three decades, wars and conflict continually plagued Afghanistan.  While much pain and heartache resulted, it also caused a huge lack of resources, which deters investment in education and business. SFL seeks to remedy this as much as possible, and toward this end recently implemented an agriculture productivity-training program in the Tahkar and Kunduz Provinces. 

Both regions are rich in farmland yet suffer a low literacy rate, and SFL’s agronomist believes that providing agricultural training is one of the best ways to bring long-term economic benefit to the area.  Through the trainings, the farmers learn about new techniques and systems, gain awareness of various farming theories, improve their current skills, and, in efforts to apply their newfound knowledge in practical ways, participate in brain storming solutions to various dilemmas.

In addition to these trainings, SFL provides trainings on three demonstration plots.  Using land donated by community members, various crops are cultivated on these plots using different irrigation techniques.  SFL’s agronomist uses the plots to teach community farmers the best techniques for growing; he also monitors the plots, providing advice on cultivating seeds and cuttings. 

Helal owns one of the demonstration plots, along with fifteen jeribs of farmland.  Though he has been farming for years in order to provide for his family of thirteen, he proves no matter how long one works in any field, there is always room for improvement!

“Every year we designate one jerib of our irrigated land for the furrow irrigation system as well as flood or basin irrigation system.  This year, due to new methods we have learned, we were able to plant a second crop of vegetables for family consumption and fodder crops for animal husbandry.  We now have double crops on one jerib of our land and the results have been very good, we are very happy.”  – Helal

  

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Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.