Introducing Climate-Smart Cashew Farming: A Sustainable Future with Shelter For Life International 

At Shelter For Life International, we are thrilled to share the exciting news of our latest venture into climate-smart agriculture. We’ve introduced high-yield cashew varieties imported from Vietnam that promise an impressive yield of 2 tons per hectare while adhering to strict environmental sustainability standards. 🌱 

Collaboration for Success 

In collaboration with the Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA), we conducted extensive tests, and the results are outstanding. These new cashew varieties, now introduced in the SeGaBi region, are not only boosting productivity but also enhancing adaptation to local conditions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This marks a significant step towards a more resilient and sustainable agricultural landscape.

Early Success and Encouraging Results 

Recently, our Director of International Operations (DIO) and the Project Manager (COP) of the LIFFT-Cashew team visited ISRA’s Unité de Production de Plantes Fruitières (UPPF) to review our progress. Just eight months after planting, we were delighted to witness the birth of the first cashew nuts. This early success is a testament to the incredible support from the USDA, which has been instrumental in making this project a reality. 🥜 

Empowering Farmers with Knowledge 

Our partnership with ISRA extends beyond just planting new varieties. It also includes providing technical support to improve farmers’ knowledge and strengthen their technical capabilities. These efforts ensure that every player in the value chain benefits from our initiatives, fostering a sustainable and productive agricultural environment. 

Commitment to Sustainability 

At Shelter For Life International, our commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture is unwavering. The introduction of these high-yield, climate-smart cashew varieties reflects our dedication to creating a better future for farmers and the environment alike. By adopting innovative farming techniques and fostering strong collaborations, we are paving the way for a more productive and sustainable agricultural sector. 

Gratitude and Looking Ahead 

A big thank you to our DIO for his visit and unwavering support to the SFL team! His leadership and dedication inspire us to continue striving for excellence in our projects. We are also immensely grateful to the USDA and ISRA for their invaluable contributions to this initiative. 

As we continue to make great strides towards a more productive and sustainable future, we invite you to stay tuned for further updates on our progress. Together, we can achieve a resilient and sustainable agricultural landscape that benefits everyone. 

Thank you for being part of this journey with us. 🌱🌍🥜🙏👏 

Shelter For Life International 

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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.