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Livelihoods and Agriculture

Livelihoods and Agriculture

CARE WBG is the leading organization in fresh food distribution and food security activities in the oPt. With limitation on access to movement, annexing and confiscating land and natural resources within the West Bank many Palestinians cannot continue lifestyles that were once feasible. A year after the end of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in December 2008, more that 75% of Gaza households - 1 million Palestinians – were still relying on food aid to support their families.

Under its food security and livelihood program, CARE was able to assist approximately 40,000 vulnerable individuals in 2010. The program addresses immediate and long-term food security needs, as well as provides agricultural support to small-scale farmers, in addition to community based organizations in the field. In Gaza, an emergency approach is adopted where CARE provides vulnerable households and social and health care institutions with fresh vegetables, at the same time it assists farmers in selling their products. In the West Bank however, a developmental approach is adopted where different kinds of farmers, stockbreeders, beekeepers and others are supported with agricultural inputs, knowledge and expertise, networks, as well as improving agricultural infrastructure and assets, and building the capacity of Community Based Organizations in the field. Such programs assist vulnerable households in achieving sustainable livelihoods, especially at a time of rapidly increasing unemployment and a limited economy.

Fresh Food in Gaza - Making Ends Meet

Coinciding with World Food Day 2011, CARE West Bank and Gaza announces the start of their fifth consecutive year of Fresh Food distributions in the Gaza Strip, funded by the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

World Food Day 2011 has been themed: “Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability”.

CARE closely works with CBOs in the West Bank to strengthen their governance and management capacities so that they are better positioned to provide services to their communities. Jointly, the project supports farmer-to-farmer learning, beekeeping and livestock breeding, including distribution of agricultural inputs and support to market mechanisms.

Additional Info

  • Donor BMZ Germany
  • Implementing Partner  
  • Beneficiaries 1,100 households (7,150 individuals).
    10 CBOs
  • Budget € 972,000
  • Timeline 1 July 2010 - 30 April 2012

In line with CARE’s strategy of improving food security and the livelihoods of vulnerable people, this project targets vulnerable small-scale farmers, breeders and female-headed households in the northern West Bank. The aim is to reduce food insecurity levels by facilitating income-generating activities.

Additional Info

  • Donor European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO)
  • Implementing Partner  
  • Beneficiaries Direct: 1,570 households (9,420 individuals)
  • Budget 1 Mill EUR
  • Timeline April 1st, 2010 -March 31st, 2011

CARE is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza by supporting the livelihood security of vulnerable households. The project purchases agricultural products from farmers at a fair price and distributes the fresh food as emergency assistance to food-insecure households and social institutions.

Additional Info

  • Donor European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO)
  • Implementing Partner  
  • Beneficiaries Households: 7,825 households (73, 000 individuals)
    Health and social institutions: 11 Health and Social Care Institutions (1,800 patients)
    Farmers: 1,300
  • Budget 2,4 Million EUR
  • Timeline April 1, 2010 - March 31, 2011

The main goal of this project is to support the recovery efforts of vulnerable communities in the Gaza Strip by providing small-scale farmers with agricultural equipment and inputs. The project also supports exposed rural households to access fresh food and employment.

Additional Info

  • Donor Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Implementing Partner Agricultural (MA’AN) Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC)
  • Beneficiaries Total DIRECT beneficiaries 3,530 households/ 28,240 individuals
  • Budget 3.2 Million CAD
  • Timeline July 17, 2009 to April 30, 2011

With this intervention, CARE seeks to assist small farmers and households in Gaza to expand/ resume their agricultural production and income generating activities by distributing production inputs and facilitating trainings on small farm management, business development, and accessing credit or savings services.

Additional Info

  • Donor United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Implementing Partner ------
  • Beneficiaries 865 small farmers and households
  • Budget 1,770,168 USD
  • Timeline November 1, 2009 – July 31, 2011

This five-year project aims to sustain agricultural production in the districts of Jenin and Tubas in the northern West Bank. It introduces and reinforces good agricultural practices through capacity building of community-based organizations. Beneficiaries also receive much-needed agricultural assets.

Additional Info

  • Donor Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
  • Implementing Partner Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) Economic and Social Development Center (ESDC)
  • Beneficiaries 34,788 individuals
  • Budget 6 Million AUD
  • Timeline May 1, 2009 - April 30, 2014