- Provide a long term commitment to establish viable, and licit cash crops throughout Afghanistan. Pomegranates take centre stage in this process. Ultimately, our work will be done when there are no longer circumstances that force the rural communities of Afghanistan to grow opium poppies.
- Utilise our relationship with the Tribal Elders and Farmers of Afghanistan, their extended families and communities to build effective local, regional and national organizations to help farmers get out of their current poverty trap and create belief in the future for the people of Afghanistan through recognised positive change
- With the farmers, recreate the self sufficiency that existed before the devastation of war and conflict destroyed their licit livelihoods. .
- Help Afghanistan achieve stability, and the world reduce the supply of heroin. Thereby contributing to the equation that the presence of foreign military powers are no longer needed in Afghanistan.
POM354 is the brainchild of James Brett, whose unusual life has exposed him both to the miseries of drug use and to the potential of the pomegranate fruit. After a very troubled childhood and youth, James became the successful entrepreneur behind Pomegreat, Britain's leading pomegranate juice.
POM354's primary aim is to assist Afghan farmers in their move from poppy cultivation to a sustainable alternative livelihood. The objective is to alter circumstances in rural Afghanistan that will enable the (re)creation of a stable and fair market for pomegranate products.
James Brett's personality, commitment, and drive have led to already extraordinary progress. After his well documented stroll into an Afghan poppy field in early 2007, he has achieved rapidly increasing support, organized two meetings with tribal elders and secured the full cooperation of the people of three eastern Afghan provinces (Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar) to back his pomegranate initiative.
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During the initial five year development period, the funding will also provide the means to improve infrastructure, provide storage and processing facilities, and develop the market for pomegranate products. The latter will done by businesses linked to POM354. When their trees mature, farmers will be able to sell their produce, and pricing projections confirm that the value of their harvest will handsomely exceed what they receive for poppies today.
A relatively small investment by a few major donors to Afghanistan will ensure a substantial and positive impact on a large number of rural beneficiaries in Afghanistan, who would otherwise be forced by economics once again to plant poppy.
Gradually, over a three year period, POM354 hopes to replace most of the donor country funding by donations and support from individuals, groups, and commercial sources. This will help to create a better understanding and, hopefully, strong ties with the struggling farm communities in Afghanistan.