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Emergency support to endangered livelihoods dependent on livestock in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Emergency support to endangered livelihoods dependent on livestock in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Full title of the project:

Emergency support to endangered livelihoods dependent on livestock in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Target areas:

Jericho, Al Nahda, Hebron, Dura, Tubas, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jenin, Gaza Strip.

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 3 127 280
Implementation:
30/03/2011-31/03/2012
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/105/CAN
Objective:

To prevent the erosion of the productive capacities and asset base of livestock-holding families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and to assist livestock farmers in increasing productivity and profitability.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Young Men's Christian Association, Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Palestinian Livestock Development Centre, Al Nahda Association.

Beneficiaries reached:

The planned number of beneficiary households for both the West Bank and Gaza Strip was 2 500; however, the project actually reached 4 757 direct beneficiary households (who received direct inputs), or 27 591 individuals in total (assuming an average of 5.8 people per household in the WBGS; Source: PCBS, 2007. Average family size is 6.5 in the Gaza Strip and 5.5 in the West Bank.).

Activities implemented:
  • Provided 1 650 MT of animal feed for West Bank and 600 MT for the Gaza Strip for a total of 761 beneficiary families.
  • Distributed 200 veterinary kits each for sheep and cattle in the Gaza Strip.
  • Established nine grey wastewater treatment units in the Gaza Strip.
  • Procured and distributed inputs to produce 150 000 drought-tolerant shrubs for animal feed.
Impact:
  • Herders reported improved animal health and a higher level of productivity, as measured by the quantity and quality of milk and increased weight of lambs at birth.
  • Improved the conditions of agricultural land and grazing areas through planting drought-tolerant shrub seed varieties and seedlings.
  • Strengthened herders’ grassroots associations through capacity building and provision of technical support and training in improved herd management practices and marketing of animal products.