Sustainable Agriculture Program
Reviving the Rural Economy:
Reviving the rural Palestinian economy requires establishing bonds between farmers and cooperatives that the occupation continuously seeks to sever.
UPA is currently raising funds to build a center with An-Najah National University in the Jordan Valley where farmers, agronomists and veterinarians could come together to learn the latest farming methods.
The center would build connections by buying feed from local farmers and selling its milk to another university department for production as cheese, labna and yogurt.
Imagine being unable to meet your basic needs, to be without adequate food, clothing or shelter, for just one day. One out of every four Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip lives every day without one or more of these necessities.
Poverty disproportionately affects Palestinians living in rural areas. Israeli demolitions of farms, homes, and equipment; the fragmentation of agricultural land by the separation wall and settler-only roads; and less access to education and healthcare lead to lower incomes and fewer options for rural Palestinians.
For generations, the land has been a source of life for Palestinians, providing food for the people and supporting the livelihoods of farmers and their families.
Since Israel fully controls over half of of West Bank land, the Palestinian economy loses approximately $3.4 billion in income every year, according to the World Bank.
At the same time, farmers face reduced profits due to environmental degradation, inefficient farming methods and limited market access.
The UPA Sustainable Agriculture Program promotes a higher quality of life for rural families by supporting agricultural projects that promote financial independence and protect the Palestinian land and environment.
Recent projects include rabbit breeding units, family gardens, rooftop gardens in Gaza, chicken farms and training in sustainable farming methods for women in rural areas.