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Alternative fodder production for vulnerable herders in the West Bank

Increasing profitability of livestock production to strengthen resilience to drought and market volatility within protracted crises

Unfavourable conditions due to an arid environment, access restrictions and a protracted crisis context have contributed to the fragility of local production systems in the West Bank, where most Bedouin families rely on livestock as their main source of income. Since 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been promoting the use of hydroponic technology (soil-less plant propagation) by vulnerable herders and their cooperatives, providing a low-cost, high quality source of fodder that is available year-round. This approach increases the profitability of livestock production and helps herders stay in business.

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