Roots of Peace has global experience in a variety of countries where we always work to find the best blend of incorporating our development model with the practices and beliefs of the local cultures. See below to view a sample of previous projects in Croatia, Israel/Palestine and Angola.
Founded in 1997, we have impacted over 1.15 million farmers and their families, spanning 7 countries – Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Vietnam and West Bank – where our work has facilitated exports worth over a quarter billion USD. Each country we work in presents unique challenges. Below are some highlights from some of our past countries where we have worked to help maximize farmer incomes and promote peace at the community level
Rebuilding Croatia after the War
Issue: Many vineyards were abandoned during the war as they were riddled with landmines, leaving the farmers returning to their communities unable to make a decent living.
Solution: We facilitated the removal of landmines clearing over 500,000 square meters of land and helped reestablish vineyards using modern techniques with farmers from 8 wine growing regions.
Impact: Croatia is now mine-free with the exception of a nature preserve in a remote part of the country and the wine industry has now fully rebounded.
Promoting Peace in Israel/Palestine
Issue: Rural communities in the West Bank were living under very difficult situations in areas that were still plagued by landmines, yet demining in Palestine was heavily restricted due to Israeli law.
Solution: Our team worked with a young landmine victim named Daniel Yuval to pass unanimous new legislation through the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) allowing for humanitarian demining operations in Palestine and to form a mine action center.
Impact: We facilitated the demining of Husan Village in the fields of Bethleham in the first ever humanitarian demining cooperation between Isrealis & Palestinians allowing the land to be returned to agricultural production.
Rebuilding Angola after their Civil War
Issue: The country was plagued with landmines and high unemployment rates leaving rural communities in difficult situations.
Solution: Our team designed a program to demine the ancient migratory path of elephants and create a wildlife reserve creating job opportunities for the local people.
Impact: The government appreciated our concept and decided they were capable of implementing it themselves, this project is still under development.