Improving Production in Palestinian Farms
ANERA has introduced improved methods of pest management, particularly in eastern Hebron, and has provided grants for organic farming, composting, integrated pest management, and date palm nursery development in Gaza.
In the 1980s, ANERA supported a project to eradicate phylloxera in Hebron. In the early 1990s, ANERA introduced seedless grapes varieties to Jericho. Today, we are helping 100 families in Gaza establish household gardens that will be sustained using composting and rain water harvesting.
Land Reclamation through Terracing
As part of a job creation program, which was completed in 2008, ANERA implemented terracing projects to reclaim marginal land, prevent soil erosion and preserve moisture. Approximately 50,000 square meters of terraces were constructed using local labor. Reclaimed land was planted with fruit trees, grapevines and wheat that generate income for farming families.
Between 2007 and 2008, ANERA implemented a $1 million food security project that was funded by USAID through ACDI/VOCA. The project strengthened the capacity of five cooperatives in the northern Jordan Valley by rehabilitating greenhouses for 350 farmers who were also helped to plant improved varieties of vegetables suitable for European markets.