Transforming Lives

Palestinian herb farmer Imad Nussiebeh

The fertile soil of the West Bank provides an ideal landscape for dozens of Palestinian fresh herb companies to grow their crops. Most of these companies aim to export their products to the global market, but not all of them have the tools and resources needed to meet global standards and demands.

Strawberries in hanging systems in greenhouses near Tulkarem, in the West Bank

May 2014—Picture a strawberry. Now picture 200 tons of strawberries. That’s how many strawberries are produced annually by Palestinian farmers in the West Bank. Unfortunately, this delicious fruit is only available for a few weeks of the year.

A Palestinian farmer explains to USAID's Mara Rudman the difference between regular potatoes and those grown for Al Salam

 

USAID is working with Palestinian agricultural producers and agribusinesses to identify opportunities to increase those profit margins at all levels from field to fork. One such opportunity, in which local farmers are adjusting the varieties of vegetables they grow to best meet the needs of a frozen food processor, has the potential to create almost 500 additional jobs in the farming sector and generate more than $1.8 million in annual revenues for the farmers.  
 
Bethlehem University students visit local Palestinian company

When Palestinian students graduate, they can be proud in the knowledge that they have completed their formal studies in a system of education recognized throughout the Middle East for its high quality.

Young Palestinian women play football at Jenin Young Women's Club

Jenin Young Women’s Club (JYWC) is providing new opportunities of growth and personal development for girls and young women of Jenin through a safe and enriching environment for extra-curricular activities. A $76,610 grant from USAID's Civic Engagement Program helped the club acquire better equipment and resources including the first gym for women and a computer lab which is now being used to teach the club’s members new computer science skills.

Most notably, the grant funded the creation of the club’s all women football team, still not a common phenomenon in the Northern West Bank. This ambitious group of young women now participates in the Palestinian Women’s Football League and is supported by the Palestinian Football Federation.

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Last updated: July 07, 2014

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