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Addressing urgent needs of vulnerable women and men herders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through emergency interventions and strengthened food security coordination

Addressing urgent needs of vulnerable women and men herders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through emergency interventions and strengthened food security coordination

Full title of the project:

Addressing urgent needs of vulnerable women and men herders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through emergency interventions and strengthened food security coordination

Target areas:

West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 1 957 634
29/03/2018-31/05/2019
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/801/CAN
Objective:

To provide time critical and quick impact support to address the urgent needs of vulnerable households affected by man-made, environmental and natural shocks, with a particular focus on the needs of vulnerable women in herding communities of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; as well as strengthening evidence-based food security coordination.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Community-based Organizations. 

Beneficiaries reached:

2 982 households.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed a total of 150 tonnes of drought-tolerant fodder seeds to 1 001 beneficiary households (798 women and 203 men); each household received an average of 150 kg of seeds.
  • Rehabilitated and constructed 82 water cisterns that have increased access to water for 246 vulnerable herding families.
  • Provided movable plastic animal sheds to a total of 600 households of herders (474 vulnerable women and 126 vulnerable men).
  • Carried out artificial insemination for 2 000 sheep belonging to 100 beneficiaries, in order to introduce new genes to the flock and improve profitability.
  • Distributed small-scale farm management inputs and dairy processing equipment to 435 women herders, including preventive disinfection materials, salt blocks, and wool and hooves secateurs; and provided trainings on hygiene and marketing.
  • Distributed solar panel systems to 149 poultry farms households and 11 dairy farms households in the Gaza Strip, benefitting a total of 320 families.
  • Distributed 1 000 kg of olive-cake energy blocks to 280 households; a biofuel used as an alternative energy source to wood.
  • Defined indicators, timeline and the analysis methodology to be applied in the framework of the 2018 Socio-Economic and Food Security assessment, in collaboration with the World Food Programme and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, non-governmental Organizations and the relevant Palestinian Authority bodies.
  • Provided dedicated trainings by the Food Security Sector (FSS) to the MoA staff in Ramallah, with a focus on the Humanitarian Programme Cycle process and the modalities for establishing proper coordination among all stakeholders; and conducted, through the FSS, a study on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment from the perspective of the Palestinian women who are engaged in herding activities.
Impact:
  • Produced an estimated 1 800 kg of fodder and around 1 500 kg of hay, corresponding to a total value of over 900 USD per household.
  • Increased beneficiaries’ access to water and contributed to the generation of supplemental household income, resulting in improved livestock production.
  • Contributed to the reduction of animal diseases and decreased mortality among flocks thanks to the provision of animal shelters; and reduced the burden on women who are usually responsible for herding activities.
  • Improved access to a consistent, clean and renewable source of energy, ensuring the sustainability of beneficiaries’ productive activities thanks to the solar panel systems.
  • Improved animal production in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, giving livelihood opportunities to young people and improved the lives of women in herding communities.