Farming has been a way of life in the Middle East for thousands of years, feeding families and generating work for local communities all over the region. Today, it is one of the few ways for Palestinians to make a living in an uncertain political and economic climate.But, the shortage of water in the region and decades of outdated cultivation techniques challenge today’s farmers.
What is ANERA’s role in agriculture?
ANERA works in rural communities on a small-scale and sustainable level. We install irrigation systems and build farm-to-market roads, wholesale markets and greenhouses. We support farming cooperatives that share resources and help farmers talk to each other about what works.
With your support, ANERA delivers seeds and greenhouses and training to impoverished families in Gaza who gain food security and some income from the excess vegetables they can grow. In the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon, ANERA has set up urban gardens so refugees, young and old, can feed their families and gain a sense of pride and accomplishment. In the West Bank, ANERA’s unique knowledge-sharing project has helped farmers share skills and experience to reclaim and cultivate their land and perfect sustainable agricultural practices.
Sustainable agriculture projects like wastewater treatment and home gardens help families become self-sufficient.
Agricultural projects that ANERA developed in the 1980s are successful endeavors today.
Water is a critical yet diminishing resource in the Middle East, and that poses serious challenges for the region’s farming community.