Food Security for Gaza Families

Empowering marginalised communities to become more self-sufficient and food secure

The Gaza blockade and long-standing restrictions on the movement of people and goods to, from and within the Gaza Strip have continued to undermine the living conditions of 1.7 million Gazans. Farmers, traders and businessmen are unable to get their goods to markets and hundreds of businesses have closed as a result.

60% of Gaza households are food insecure and about 80% are aid recipients. (1.3 million people in Gaza are reliant on food aid.) More than a third of the workforce is unemployed.

We supported several rural communities living in extreme poverty (including families in Mughraqa village, Sheikh Ajleen and Zeitun) in the southern area of Gaza through our Food Security programmes. All of these families owned land that was not being used. We provided training to the heads of these households in how to cultivate plants and vegetables, animal management, irrigation systems, environmentally sustainable farming techniques and how to successfully develop their small enterprises. We then provided essential equipment such as, irrigation network pipes, water tanks, and a variety of seedlings, shrubs, fruit trees and hens, chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats.

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In 2016, we worked with 209 deprived farmers by purchasing their land and farm poultry produce. With the support and funding from WA’s project team, these farmers were able to sell their products efficiently and earn a steady income again. This was then distributed to 720 impoverished families in urgent need of food assistance. Families, who otherwise struggled to meet their daily food needs received fresh food parcels over the course of five weeks, positively contributing to their overall health and wellbeing. Despite providing humanitarian support, the project had lasting impacts enabling farmers to re-plant and farm their lands to ensure they can continue to earn an income once the project ends.  

We have revisited some of the farmers we have supported in these projects and they have all sustained and extended their ranges of herbs and vegetables and increased the numbers of animals on their land. This is a livelihoods project enabling some of the poorest families in Gaza to become self-sufficient and also provide food for their local communities.

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