Foundation Dar Si Hmad

Word from the president

Like the Argan Tree: Anchoring and Resilience

Argania Spinosa, the Argan tree, is today the emblem of the South West of Morocco. It is the custodian of the very long history of the region, the symbolic bearer of its traditions, and the proof of an ever-renewed resilience. This year 2022, and finally after the lifting of all the restrictions linked to Covid, Foundation Dar Si Hmad welcomed two groups from American universities with a study-theme of the Argan tree in a holistic and systemic approach be it: the ecosystem, the hands and the bodies that handle it and bring it to life, and its amazing rise to fame in international markets.

This tree is a natural barrier against desert expansion, but it is threatened today by a low natural regeneration, in addition to standing  alone in the face of various changes affecting the local vegetation, particularly the destruction of thousands of hectares of cactus fields by the mealybug, leaving in its wake a landscape of ruin and desolation. And, like this Argan tree, we at the Foundation believe in resilience and in continuing to unfurl our projects in the South West with our communities striving for a better future. This year 2022, we have made slow but assured progress in our experiments against the mealybug that has practically wiped out the source of income for entire communities. Our integrated ecologically-based treatment is being finalized and will be widely shared and disseminated with the community in 2023. Our farm Agdal Brahim Id-Aachour has also evolved, we consider its impact  to be that of a successful example in supporting local farmers, and in creating larger positive repercussions for all of our communities. Our Tin’Amoud, the seed library, also continues to grow in terms of networks and reputation, in particular thanks to the exchange program with Tunisia. And of course, our flagship fog collection project attracts, fascinates, and bewitches. Access to drinking water is a continuous reality for all the connected villages and schools,  and, therefore, it feeds the hope for the larger territory, the chief place for fog in Southern Morocco.

The children who drink fog-water are also those who benefit from our program of Water School, offered this year at the Foundation center in Sidi Ifni, a journey of learning and discovery for children thirsty for knowledge. But we have also offered programs to High-Schoolers in the greater region of Agadir, particularly Taghazout, and other youth from Sidi Ifni in our RISE program. From all of these initiatives, the local embeddedness and the hope all these young people nurture, have emerged as a force, both sincere and authentic, a positive charge that symbolically recalls this Argan tree that continues to nourish them and define our culture. And it is in recognition for the work accomplished in this territory that Foundation Dar Si Hmad was awarded the prestigious Civil Society Prize in Morocco in 2022. We thank all the actors who have contributed from near and far to such a distinction.

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Agadir

App B4 Imm Hamria, Avenue Al Moukaouama
Agadir 80020 - Morocco

SIDI IFNI

Avenue Hassan 1er Sidi Ifni - Morocco

PO Box

PO Box 20686 Agadir Principale Agadir 80000 Morocco

Phone

(+212) 528 84 30 65

Mail

info@darsihmad.org

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Address (AGADIR)

App B4 Imm Hamria, Avenue Al Moukaouama
Agadir 80020 - Morocco

Address (SIDI IFNI)

Avenue Hassan 1er Sidi Ifni
Tiznit - Morocco

Phone

(+212) 528 84 30 65

Mail

info@darsihmad.org