Ending Date: April 2015
This project is funded by AusAID. Over the period of six years (May 2009 – April 2015), TATWEER strengthens the livelihoods and improve the food security of 6,325 Palestinian farming households from 17 villages in the Jenin and Tubas governorates. CARE Australia (CA) provides oversight and technical support to CARE West Bank and Gaza (CARE WBG), who implements the project in partnership with two Palestinian non-governmental organizations (NGOs): the Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem (ARIJ) and the Economic and Social Development Centre (ESDC). This project provides farmers with productive agricultural inputs to help them improve their productivity and sustain their agricultural land; and provide practical training to farmers (men and women) to help improve their farm and natural resource management skills. The seed multiplication bank established under LIOPT Project (Livelihood Improving for the Occupied Palestinian Territories) shall be maintained and expanded; additional infrastructure facilities such as a seedling nursery, a packing house, a queen bee production unit and a sheep farm based on international technology shall be set up by to give farmers access to high-quality services, high quality locally produced seedlings, high-quality rams and queen bees, and other agricultural inputs. The project also targets women’s CBOs and provides local women with small-scale rainwater harvesting systems and seeds to plant in their home gardens to produce food for household consumption. Women’s CBOs are given the opportunity to sell surplus production throughout the West Bank, through a local private company and two selling points in central and southern West Bank, to generate income to support their households.