Most Afghans rely on agriculture to feed their families and to earn a livelihood, but large-scale commercial farms are virtually nonexistent. The size and yield of Afghan farms is such that the products grown on them pass down through generations as true heirlooms. The excellent quality for which Afghan dried fruit and nuts have been known for centuries remains protected and nurtured within the diverse network of family farms from which Ziba buys its products.
Pistachios and mulberries are some of the products which grow wild across Afghanistan’s countryside – products which are foraged and gathered at harvest time by local communities, not cultivated or adulterated in any way. Ziba’s wild-grown products are the purest that can be found – from the precious few places left on earth where things have remained unchanged for centuries.
where we grow
the growing season
Ziba’s headquarters is a purpose-built factory in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. We built the factory in 2015 for the express purpose of exporting beautiful Afghan dried fruit and nuts to international markets in a modern, professional way for the first time. The facility has been HACCP-certified since we began operations in 2016, and it is staffed and managed by our dedicated team of Afghans, 80% of whom are female. All of our products are hand sorted, manually inspected for quality, and packed for shelf-ready shipment inside the facility. Basing our operation inside Afghanistan rather than in less-challenging places outside the country creates jobs, bolsters the local economy and allows Afghans to get more value from the products grown in their country.