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Emergency support and employment generation for female-headed households in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Emergency support and employment generation for female-headed households in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Full title of the project:

Emergency support and employment generation for female-headed households through backyard farming and cottage industry in targeted areas the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Target areas:

districts throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Donor:
Contribution:
USD 592 748
16/11/2009-15/11/2010
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/909/SPA
Objective:

To improve the food security situation in vulnerable communities of the West Bank and Gaza Strip through capitalization of the role of women and youth and livelihoods diversification.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, women’s associations, village councils and community-based organizations.

Beneficiaries reached:

568 households (approximately 3 635 individuals)

Activities implemented:

Provided a variety of inputs (and associated training) to mostly women-headed households including the following:

  • cistern, grey waste water treatment units and/or drip irrigation equipment to 56 households;
  • sheep to 97 households;
  • rabbits to 27 households;
  • beehives to 38 households, including youth club members;
  • aquaculture packages to 10 households; and
  • cottage industry equipment and tools to 340 households.
Impact:
  • Farming households had increased access to water, even during the summer when water resources  are scarce and expensive.
  • Beneficiaries of the sheep, rabbit, beehive and aquaculture components had increased access to  food for consumption and for income generation.
  • By enhancing food processing, preservation and marketing skills, the project has empowered  women to improve household food security and generate more income from their cottage industry  activities.