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Building capacity in West Bank and Gaza Strip for emergency livestock interventions
FAO Office for West Bank and Gaza Strip and the Animal Production and Health Division joined efforts for the organization of two 3-day Training courses on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) in Ramallah, West Bank, from 23rd to 25th April 2013, and in Gaza, Gaza Strip, from 29th April to 1st May 2013.
Training courses, which aimed at building capacity to support the saving of lives and livelihoods among livestock-owning communities affected by disasters, were organized under the Canadian International Development Agency funded projects OSRO/GAZ/202/CAN "Protection of farmer livelihoods (West Bank)" and OSRO/GAZ/203/CAN "Emergency backyard food production activities in vulnerable and marginalized areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip" and the European Commission funded project OSRO/GAZ/201/EC "Support to livestock based livelihoods of vulnerable population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (The institutional level component of the Food Security Thematic Programme [FSTP])".
The LEGS learning objectives were to enable the participants to (i) describe and apply the LEGS approach, (ii) identify appropriate livelihood-based livestock interventions in emergency response, and (iii) design and implement response interventions according to LEGS standards and guidelines.
Trainees were livestock specialists with little humanitarian experience and humanitarian specialists with little livestock experience in West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS). They were 44 participants, including 5 women. The participants will make use of the newly acquired knowledge and skills to address livestock interventions in emergency situations, with a particular emphasis on the WBGS environments and realities. Besides, they made suggestions for the improvement of the design and structure of the LEGS training courses for the future. Each training ended with the distribution of certificates to successful trainees.