Chicken Breeding and Egg Harvesting in Gaza

May 20, 2013 ANERA
Agriculture, Economic Development, Gaza, Job Creation
An egg hatched in a Gaza family's yard. ANERA gave this family and 550 others 10 chickens, a hen, feed, a cage and animal-care training to harvest eggs for food security.

The Reality

In the wake of the 2009 war in Gaza, many families were no longer able to provide enough protein-rich meals for their family. The destruction of farmland during the bombings meant many families also lost the ability to grow food for the table. With rising prices in the market, many jobless Gazans could no longer afford to purchase food in the market. Eight out of ten Gaza families depend on foreign assistance to survive.

ANERA’s Response

A donor in Detroit wanted to help Gazans recover from the war’s devastation and find a sustainable plan that could help feed families and bring some independence and stability to their shattered lives. She contacted ANERA with the idea of a poultry project that could provide a family with a rooster, chickens, a cage and some feed.

ANERA engineers designed and built the cages, which have an open bottom so the chickens can peck on the ground and can be placed easily in any open area. We identified needy families in remote communities and distributed chickens, cages and feed to provide a sustainable source of food and income. The poultry project gave their children protein-rich food to help keep them healthy as they grow and develop.

How it Worked

From 2009 to 2011, ANERA worked with the Save Youth Society, a local partner, to:

  • Identify 550 needy families, especially households where the mother was the sole source of income
  • Distribute a cage, rooster, ten chickens and feed
  • Conduct training sessions with a veterinarian to teach recipient families the best treatment for the chickens

Visit Some Families

Saeda El-Daba in Gaza shows off her new chicken cage, with a special triangular design.Saeda El-Daba’s son passed away leaving his three kids with no one to take care of them. So she took them in: “I take care of them and this cage of chickens will help me provide the basic food for them. “I hope there will be extra eggs in the coming months and I will be able to sell them.” Read more >>

A man and his son in Gaza care for the chickens provided for them as part of an income assistance and food security program.Mohammad El Khawalda has little experience with chickens: “I received the chickens last month. I am jobless and have five children to feed. ANERA’s training is wonderful. I have learned how to protect the chickens. They are small and won’t produce eggs for another two months.” Read more >>