Community Engagement

FAF Development uses a full spectrum of “boots on the ground” activities to promote stability, mitigate conflict, and bridge the gap between relief and development. Building on a wide range of experience and an in-depth understanding of conflict dynamics in crisis environments, FAF’s village stabilization practice has become a very effective implementation tool for conflict mitigation and disaster management. We work with local communities and businesses to break cycles of violence by empowering self-reliance through increased food security and economic potential; thus, connecting short-term relief efforts and long-term development initiatives.

Our approach of “boots on the ground outside the wire” facilitates understanding of the stresses underlying individual conflicts. Our teams on the ground enable our clients to influence peace processes by strengthening locally driven violence mitigation efforts, in particular by providing economic recovery opportunities through the creation of local jobs in stricken communities.

FAF understands that working in high-risk or post-crisis environments requires specialized expertise and the right attitude. Our projects achieve impact in dangerous environments by adapting traditional development programs to meet the unique needs of these dynamic and sensitive contexts. Working across sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, development, and natural resource management, FAF can implement projects to build strong sustainable systems and reduce conflict.

Following are our focus areas:

  • Post-Conflict Recovery and Reconstruction – Working in post-conflict environments requires a multifaceted approach to rebuild infrastructure. In many instances, FAF has rebuilt existing physical infrastructure to help governments provide essential services, reintegrate its citizens, demobilize and reintegrate combatants, and pave the way for the strengthening of local communities. In order to get local buy-in, we use the maximum amount of local labor to complete our projects.
  • Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation – FAF provides services to mitigate food insecurity for disaster situations such as political unrest, earthquakes, famine or extreme drought.
  • Alternative Livelihoods – Over the past several years, FAF has been an implementation provider in programs to reduce the growth of illicit crops.We have successfully changed the mindset and practices of farmers to grow pomegranates in some of the most remote and dangerous regions of Afghanistan. This was done by building a local capacity and establishing long-term partnerships between community groups, local governments, donors, and private sector actors to lay the foundation for long-term development.

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FAF Community Engagement Mission

Mission

To be the most effective enabling tool for clients in Afghanistan and around the world. FAF operates with a light footprint stabilization capability using agriculture to achieve sustainable results with our high level of operational experience.

Vision

We help our clients achieve their mission goals by gaining trust and respect of the impacted community with effective and custom made solutions for each challenge. FAF will make a positive difference in the lives of people we work alongside and on behalf of in every environment in which we operate.

Values

FAF Development is a multigenerational, family owned, values-driven company that is rooted in agriculture and dedicated to making a difference and achieving effective and sustainable results in remote, austere, and challenging environments. FAF will conduct business in an honorable and discreet way, will incorporate nimbleness and flexibility, and will deliver an integrated system of people and resources to accomplish the goals of our clients.

Some of our Previous Projects
  • Afghanistan Fruit Input Supply & By-Product Feasibilities Studies, 2009
  • Market Assessment
  • Ethiopia Farm Management
  • Jamaica Project Development and Management, 1987-94
  • Farm Machinery Curriculum Development, 2003
  • Market Assessments
  • Latin America & Europe Market Development, 2008-10
  • Market Assessments
  • Feasibility Study