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Emergency protection of Palestinian-owned assets and contribution to building resilient livelihoods

Emergency protection of Palestinian-owned assets and contribution to building resilient livelihoods

Full title of the project:

Emergency protection of Palestinian-owned assets and contribution to building resilient livelihoods

Target areas:

West Bank (Area C and the Seam Zone) and Gaza Strip

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 4 000 000
01/03/2013-28/02/2014
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/301/JPN
Objective:

To improve the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable farmers, animal herders and fisherfolk in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by protecting their productive capacity.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Affairs and local and international Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

2 382 farming, fishing and herder households (1 164 in the West Bank and 1 218 in the Gaza Strip).

Activities implemented:
  • Established 120 aquaculture ponds and distributed 400 000 fingerlings, 125 tonnes of fish fodder and irrigation equipment to 458 households.
  • Trained 240 aquaculture pond beneficiaries on fish farming techniques and marketing.
  • Constructed 60 rainwater harvesting cisterns for the irrigation of 60 backyard gardens and trained recipients on water use optimization.
  • Established 17 water harvesting pools for the irrigation of vegetable farms.
  • Rehabilitated one underground well in order to resume irrigation for 320 dunums in the Access Restricted Area, benefiting 150 farming families.
  • Vaccinated 20 111 heads of livestock against lumpy skin disease and 20 000 heads against foot-and-mouth disease, benefiting 680 herders.
  • Distributed 1 360 rolls of plastic sheets to 360 beneficiaries to rehabilitate greenhouses, and plantlets and irrigation networks to 70 households to rehabilitate their orchard plots.
  • Provided 457 beneficiaries with cash assistance (about USD 2 829 per person) to assist in the rehabilitation of damaged or destroyed agricultural assets.
Impact:
  • Improved the quantity, quality and marketability of production through the establishment of farming infrastructure and restoration of damaged agricultural assets.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ resilience to economic shocks by improving access to inputs and markets, allowing beneficiaries to diversify their income.
  • Preserved job opportunities for 2 065 beneficiaries and secured new job opportunities for 334 farming households, helping to maintain/increase household income.
  • Increased the accessibility and availability of water for irrigation, decreasing farmers’ and herders’ reliance on water from expensive tanker trunks.