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Conditional cash assistance to build resilience against water scarcity in the West Bank

Creating employment opportunities and enhancing adaptive capacities to recurrent drought within protracted crises
20/07/2016
Keywords: Drought, Food security, Gaza Strip, Good practices, Middle East, Social protection, Vulnerability reduction, Water

The West Bank is an arid or semi-arid land characterized by low precipitation with a large proportion of rainfall rapidly lost as surface runoff. While natural shocks like drought pose challenges to the already fragile water network, the protracted conflict in the region causes further difficulties by restricting access to available water resources. As a result, many farmers are unable to take full advantage of their agricultural lands. FAO has been supporting families dependent on agriculture in the West Bank by supporting the construction of cisterns through conditional cash transfers and a step by step approach. This practice ensures access to water resources and consequently contributes to building more resilient livelihoods.

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