West Bank land farm rehabilitation

Report
from Islamic Relief
Published on 19 Mar 2013 View Original

Islamic Relief is rehabilitating 150 acres of farmland in the West Bank, benefitting 1,200 people.

Currently only 30% of Palestinian agricultural land in the West Bank is farmed, due to poor road access, fertility and availability of water.

In Tulkarem and Qalqilya, Islamic Relief is constructing eight miles of roads, installing 100 wells, providing 18,000 trees and seedlings, and cleaning and paving areas of the farms.

We will also be rehabilitating 20 existing wells; in total an extra 6,000 cubic metres of water will flow in the West Bank every year after the project is complete.

Our work will cover 200 farms and each farmer will attend training workshops on organic farming, pest control, pruning and the maintenance of water sources. Each farm will have 1.2 acres of their land rehabilitated.

In order to foster personal investment in the sustainability of the project, each beneficiary will assist in the construction of the roads.

The eight miles of roads that we build will also provide improved access for neighbouring farms. We will pave 19,000 square metres to prevent land erosion.

The farms selected have a minimum of one family member who tends to between one and four acres full-time, who will plant, irrigate and harvest the farm.

Islamic Relief has been working in the Palestinian Territories since 1994.