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Improving food security in North Gaza through land rehabilitation and open-field vegetable production

Improving food security in North Gaza through land rehabilitation and open-field vegetable production

Full title of the project:

Improving food security in North Gaza through land rehabilitation and open-field vegetable production

Target areas:

Umm An-Naser, Northern Gaza

Contribution:
USD 497 200
07/12/2012-31/03/2014
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/206/NET
Objective:

To achieve a significant and sustainable reduction in poverty and food insecurity for 150 Bedouin families, and to improve their income by an average of USD 2 000 per year.

Key partners:

Ministry of National Economy; Umm An-Naser Municipality; Ministry of Agriculture; Al Azhar University; United Nations Mine Action Service.

Beneficiaries reached:

310 farming households

Activities implemented:
  • Assisted 125 households through the rehabilitation of 250 dunums of land (166 dunums in Phase 1 and 84 dunums in Phase 2) and construction of 21 dunums of agricultural access roads (8 dunums in Phase 1 and 13 dunums in Phase 2) and irrigation networks.
  • Distributed seeds and seedlings to beneficiaries of land rehabilitation.
  • Trained 310 farmers on land preparation, plant diseases and protection, nutrient deficiencies, compost and drip irrigation systems.
  • Constructed a water well and generator station.
  • Rehabilitated areas affected by flooding and erosion resulting from winter storm Alexa (with additional funding from Japan) and installed a drainage system to prevent similar damage in the future.
Impact:
  • Enabling 125 households to grow open-field crops had an immediate impact on the food security of an estimated 875 people by improving their economic access to and availability of food.
  • Beneficiaries are no longer dependent on assistance from Government or local and international organizations for their survival. They have a dignified and sustainable livelihood and can utilize their crop yield for both household consumption and sale on the local market.
  • The constructed drainage system will help to ensure that future flooding does not destroy crops.
  • The establishment of 21 dunums of agricultural roads and a water well also greatly impacted farmers who were not direct beneficiaries, as the surrounding land is now accessible and cultivatable.
  • The training programme helped ensure that beneficiaries have the skills necessary to use their rehabilitated land in the most effective and efficient manner.