Husband and wife strawberry farmers, Raja’i and Bushra Fayyad, in their greenhouse. West Bank: Participatory Natural Resources Management Programme ©IFAD/Annabelle Lhommeau
Family farmers in the West Bank are growing high value crops such as almonds and apricots on once-barren hillsides, seeing their incomes rise by 80 per cent or more. About 36,000 people have taken part in an IFAD-funded natural resource management programme, which prioritized terracing, fencing, irrigation, rock removal and other techniques to reclaim and rehabilitate land. It also improved the access of rural women and men to financial services, enabling them to use credit to invest in their farms and businesses.
Over the last 15 years, the programme has invested nearly US$14 million in areas with few alternative economic opportunities, indirectly reaching almost 100,000 rural people. Land reclamation and rehabilitation have increased farm-related incomes...