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Adopting new agro-practices, improving public agro-education and supporting self-governed subsistence farming as an economic booster for small farmers in Palestine

Place: palestine, Asia
Sustainable development of small rural communities Sustainable development of small rural communities
Total Budget: € 142.178,00 | Period: From May 2013 To December 2013

Summary

This project aims at targeting 60 small scale farming families with effective and innovative systems of agriculture production (hydroponics and wicking beds) and supporting 10 beneficiaries of  last year project to extend their existing aquaponic systems from the last year (10 units) in addition to train  35 students of Al-Arroub agricultural school on these new agro-technologies. Additionally, the selected project beneficiaries in the targeted vulnerable communities will got the opportunity  providing them with new and feasible agro-practices and household management skills. This will enhance and diversify their self-food production activities and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the establishment and/or development of small scale agro-businesses to be able to develop food production skills in a region affected by water scarcity, low soil fertility that results in avoiding drought and assisting them to run their small businesses and home productions.

Partnership

Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ ) - Palestine

Lead applicant

Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) - Poland

Initiative partner

Al-Arroub agricultural school - Palestine

Initiative partner

This will enhance and diversify their self-food production activities and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the establishment and/or development of small scale agro-businesses to be able to develop food production skills in a region affected by water scarcity, low soil fertility that results in avoiding drought and assisting them to run their small businesses and home productions

This project aims at targeting 60 small scale farming families with effective and innovative systems of agriculture production (hydroponics and wicking beds) and supporting 10 beneficiaries of  last year project to extend their existing aquaponic systems from the last year (10 units) in addition to train  35 students of Al-Arroub agricultural school on these new agro-technologies

Established Hydroponic Units in Hebron and Bethlehem Established Hydroponic Units in Hebron and Bethlehem

This will enhance and diversify their self-food production activities and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the establishment and/or development of small scale agro-businesses to be able to develop food production skills in a region affected by water scarcity, low soil fertility that results in avoiding drought and assisting them to run their small businesses and home productions.

The total cultivated area of cultivated hydroponic systems reached to 132 m² by 22 units 20 households and 2 demonstration units. The project has supported hydroponic farmers with seedlings and seeds for growing seasons (leafy crops). While the average of produced vegetables by hydroponic reached up to 90 kg / unit. This means that additional 1980 kg of vegetables produced by the Hydroponic. The total production reached to 1980 kg with total value of 1980$, with a total value of 90$ per growing cycle per unit. But the climate change and bad weather conditions led to significant damage and destruction of the season before picking a product. Also, another vegetables cycle will be distributed during next April 2014.

producation producation

One of the greatest challenges facing the project, the prevailed bad weather conditions which prevailed while the planted crops in the installed hydroponics, wicking and the updated aquaponics have almost reached the maturation stage  and ready for staring their harvest.  The snow fall on the region and reached in some area to 1m in height. This had led to the destruction of the agriculture sector (mainly Animal and plant  subsectors).In fact, the bad weather conditions had led to the destruction of the project planted crops. 3.5 tons of vegetables were damaged. Also, the bad weather had impacted the Aquaponic units(the fish and the panted crops) . (See Table 6 Below). As an encouragement and to compensate farmers losses due to these natural crisis to,  another vegetables and fish cycle will be distributed during April- June, 2014.  

One of the greatest challenges facing the project, the prevailed bad weather conditions which prevailed while the planted crops in the installed hydroponics, wicking and the updated aquaponics have almost reached the maturation stage  and ready for staring their harvest.  The snow fall on the region and reached in some area to 1m in height. This had led to the destruction of the agriculture sector (mainly Animal and plant  subsectors).In fact, the bad weather conditions had led to the destruction of the project planted crops. 3.5 tons of vegetables were damaged. Also, the bad weather had impacted the Aquaponic units(the fish and the panted crops) . (See Table 6 Below). As an encouragement and to compensate farmers losses due to these natural crisis to,  another vegetables and fish cycle will be distributed during April- June, 2014.  

One of the greatest challenges facing the project, the prevailed bad weather conditions which prevailed while the planted crops in the installed hydroponics, wicking and the updated aquaponics have almost reached the maturation stage  and ready for staring their harvest.  The snow fall on the region and reached in some area to 1m in height. This had led to the destruction of the agriculture sector (mainly Animal and plant  subsectors).In fact, the bad weather conditions had led to the destruction of the project planted crops. 3.5 tons of vegetables were damaged. Also, the bad weather had impacted the Aquaponic units(the fish and the panted crops) . (See Table 6 Below). As an encouragement and to compensate farmers losses due to these natural crisis to,  another vegetables and fish cycle will be distributed during April- June, 2014.  

This will enhance and diversify their self-food production activities and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the establishment and/or development of small scale agro-businesses to be able to develop food production skills in a region affected by water scarcity, low soil fertility that results in avoiding drought and assisting them to run their small businesses and home productions.

One of the greatest challenges facing the project, the prevailed bad weather conditions which prevailed while the planted crops in the installed hydroponics, wicking and the updated aquaponics have almost reached the maturation stage  and ready for staring their harvest.  The snow fall on the region and reached in some area to 1m in height. This had led to the destruction of the agriculture sector (mainly Animal and plant  subsectors).In fact, the bad weather conditions had led to the destruction of the project planted crops. 3.5 tons of vegetables were damaged. Also, the bad weather had impacted the Aquaponic units(the fish and the panted crops) . (See Table 6 Below). As an encouragement and to compensate farmers losses due to these natural crisis to,  another vegetables and fish cycle will be distributed during April- June, 2014.  

One of the greatest challenges facing the project, the prevailed bad weather conditions which prevailed while the planted crops in the installed hydroponics, wicking and the updated aquaponics have almost reached the maturation stage  and ready for staring their harvest.  The snow fall on the region and reached in some area to 1m in height. This had led to the destruction of the agriculture sector (mainly Animal and plant  subsectors).In fact, the bad weather conditions had led to the destruction of the project planted crops. 3.5 tons of vegetables were damaged. Also, the bad weather had impacted the Aquaponic units(the fish and the panted crops) . (See Table 6 Below). As an encouragement and to compensate farmers losses due to these natural crisis to,  another vegetables and fish cycle will be distributed during April- June, 2014.