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Emergency backyard food production activities in vulnerable and marginalized areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Emergency backyard food production activities in vulnerable and marginalized areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Full title of the project:

Emergency backyard food production activities in vulnerable and marginalized areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Target areas:

West Bank (Jerusalem, Nablus, Qalqiliya, Ramallah, Salfit and Tulkarm governorates) and Gaza Strip (Khan Yunis, Middle Gaza, North Gaza and Rafah governorates)

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 3 989 229
29/03/2012-30/04/2014
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/203/CAN
Objective:

To mitigate household food insecurity in vulnerable and marginalized areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (especially for those who lost access to sea and land in the buffer zone in the Gaza Strip, or who live in Area C, Jerusalem governorate or the Seam Zone in the West Bank).

Key partners:

Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and local Non-governmental Organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

4 137 vulnerable households (28 959 people).

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed 950 pregnant ewes to 478 households, 150 pregnant goats to 100 households, poultry kits to 745 households and rabbit kits to 625 households.
  • Provided 670 households with home garden units, including drip irrigation networks, seeds and seedlings.
  • Distributed 450 beehive kits to thirteen women’s and farmers’ associations (benefiting 957 members).
  • Constructed or rehabilitated water collection cisterns for 187 home garden beneficiaries in the West Bank.
  • Supplied plastic sheeting for greenhouse rehabilitation to 277 households affected by Winter Storm Alexa (December 2013).
  • Trained input recipients on activities related to their respective input packages (i.e. animal health, plant cultivation, composting techniques and beehive development).
  • Trained 255 women on food processing, hygiene and marketing.
Impact:
  • Helped improve diets and nutritional status of beneficiaries and decreased the likelihood of them adopting unsuitable coping mechanisms.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ access to animals and their by-products (lambs, kids, rabbits, milk, eggs, honey, beehives) valued at more than USD 4.5 million.
  • Enabled the production of 1 655 tonnes of vegetables (worth USD 1.4 million), giving beneficiaries a diverse and sustainable source of healthy produce for consumption or sale in the market.
  • Increased access to and availability of water for drinking, daily household use and irrigation for home gardens.
  • Improved beneficiaries’ (especially women’s) capacity to carry out production, processing and marketing activities for their own products.