Improving Production in Palestinian Farms

April 1, 2010 ANERA
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Agriculture, Economic Development, Environmental Projects, Gaza, Job Creation, West Bank
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West Bank farm terrace wall, important for making the hilly agricultural land in the West Bank usable for crops. Typical terrace wall in the West Bank

Environmental Protection

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.

Palestinian farmer in Qalqilia, West Bank with tomatoes grown in his ANERA-build greenhouse.

A Qalqilia area farmer whose greenhouse was upgraded by ANERA.

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.

Agribusiness

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.

 

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