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Enhancing Animal Health and Food Safety in West Bank and Gaza Strip - GCP/GAZ/012/SPA










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    Creating an Enabling Environment towards Food Safety and Economic Growth in Palestine - GCP/GAZ/013/SWI 2020
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    Ensuring consumer protection and food safety and quality is essential to safeguarding the health and well-being of Palestinian people; as well as to accessing domestic, regional and international markets. However, constant threats from animal diseases and plant pests and diseases put the food safety of Palestinian consumers at risk. These problems are compounded by the limited capacity of local authorities in monitoring, inspecting and controlling the food value chain, and in regulating and providing Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) services in the framework of a sustainable national SPS system. In addition, small-scale herders, particularly in Gaza Strip, are adversely affected by a lack of resources and essential services, as well as having limited access to animal health services, which are indispensable for protecting livestock from disease outbreaks. The project aimed to enhance the design and implementation of better policies and regulatory frameworks for public sector institutions, and to improve the provision of public services related to plant protection, food safety and quality, as well as animal health.
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    Agricultural producer organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
    An assesssment of their agribusiness capacities and institutional enviroment
    2024
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    Strengthening agricultural producer organizations (POs) and cooperatives has been recognized as a key way forward to support farmers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) and, in turn, promote food security, income generation and private sector development. Agriculture in the WBGS is characterized by smallholdings; there are just over 110 000 of these, and 90 percent are classified as small or medium-sized. the annual report on states that have limited or absent governance capability and are vulnerable to conflict or collapse. Yet, few would deny the extreme fragility of the WBGS given the conflict situation, a deadlocked political process and failing state and institutional performance. Access restrictions to natural resources, movement restrictions affecting goods and people, a longstanding economic food-access crisis, high unemployment rates, the breakdown of livelihoods, the COVID-19 pandemic and insufficient institutional capacity to respond have all negatively impacted the lives of the population. The key challenge is therefore how to increase the effectiveness of support for POs in an environment where citizens do not suffer only from poverty, economic exclusion and inequality but experience high levels of repeated or cyclical violence amidst weak support institutions and poor governance capability.
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    FAO-CIDA partnership - From responding to shocks to building resilience in the West Bank and Gaza Strip 2013
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    In the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS), recurrent conflict and restrictions over natural resources, markets and services are depriving families of their basic needs for survival and placing their ability to cope under severe strain. Food security and livelihoods have been directly impacted by controls on the movement of people and goods; impediments to construction and infrastructure investment; confiscation of land and natural resources; and the direct destruction of homes, crops, livestock as sets and infrastructure. Unable to produce food or earn income, many are becoming dependent on external aid. Small-scale farmers, herders and fishers in the WBGS are among the hardest hit populations, despite the potential of agriculture to reduce reliance on imported food, minimize vulnerability to international price hikes and increase economic access to food by enhancing employment and income. The loss of Palestinian land, limited access to markets, destruction of key agricultural assets (i ncluding water resources), and the separation of farmers from their fields and fishers from the sea continue to sever the rural poor from their livelihood.

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