Help Palestinian Farmers Grow & Export Their Crops

 
$6,017
$1,883
Raised
Remaining
Jul 22, 2013

Final Report: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

Dear donors and friends,

As we shared with you in our previous report, IPCRI recently completed its work on the current stage of our project to help Palestinian farmers increase the quantity, quality, and profitability of their crops. Out of gratitude for your help and support in this project, we would like to provide you with a summary of what we were able to accomplish and what we’ve learned.

Concrete Results

  • · Twenty Palestinian farmers received intensive training from Israeli agriculture specialists in how to optimize the cost-efficiency, quality, and marketability of their crops.
  • Farmers were assisted in identifying two ideal crops that would maximize their profits and competitiveness: seedless grapes and guava.
  • · The cooperative as a whole—a total of 75 small-scale farmers–received brand new shared equipment for applying fertilizers and controlling pests and disease.

From all of these inputs and experiences, we are confident that our participant farmers are now significantly better equipped to compete in a high-quality marketplace.

Peace Building

We also hope that our project has also succeeded in the less tangible but equally significant goal of promoting understanding between the Palestinian and Israeli farmers and professionals involved. We hope that each has come away from the experience with an improved view of the other, based less on politics and more on cooperative relationships between people.

Looking ahead

Our work doesn’t end here. In the course of accomplishing our goals, we came to discover even more areas in which these farmers are in need. From improved post-harvest processing and storage facilities to increased access to information about agricultural market trends, this project has provided us with a wealth of knowledge about how to best help these and other farmers in our future work. 

Though enacting change is always a many-step process, we at IPCRI would like you, our donors, to join us in celebrating the work that we accomplished together in achieving our current goals. We are sincerely grateful for your generosity. As a direct result of your help, dozens of Palestinian farmers and communities are now noticeably better off, and their insights and experiences have illuminated IPCRI’s next steps in its continuing path to fostering understanding and improving lives.

We hope that you will continue to join us on this path. Follow us on Facebook or visit us at www.ipcri.org to share your thoughts with us and to stay up to date with our latest initiatives.

Many thanks,

IPCRI

Jul 1, 2013

Project activities completed! Thanks to all!

Agronomist Gnayem during training
Agronomist Gnayem during training

Dear donors and friends,

The Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information is delighted to announce that, with your help, we have achieved our goals and completed our work on this stage of the project! Within the next few days, we will submit a final report with a more detailed summary of our accomplishments. 

Over the last three months, the 20 participating farmer members of the cooperative completed the training program provided by our team of agricultural experts. As a result, they are now trained in cutting-edge agricultural practices and GlobalGap international export standards. With the funds that you and others provided, we were also able to purchase a compost spreader, a multi-nozzle pesticide sprayer, and handheld magnifying glasses for the participating members of the cooperative. These inputs, in addition to the training provided, will help the farmer members of the cooperative grow larger quantities of produce that meets higher standards of quality.

Based on the successes and lessons learned from this pilot project, IPCRI hopes to implement similar projects in other West Bank communities in the near future. 

We at IPCRI are deeply grateful for the generosity of all of our donors—large and small. Your contributions have provided these farmers with the tools to improve their businesses and the economic conditions of their communities. Stay tuned for more information in our final report.

All the best,

IPCRI

A tomato plant from a participant
A tomato plant from a participant's plot
Apr 1, 2013

Farmers begin training!

Dear donors and all others interested in supporting Palestinian agricultural communities of the West Bank,

We are happy to report that project activities have begun in partnership with the farmers' co-operative in the villages of Kardalah and Bardalah. 21 farmers have had their needs assessed: what are the barriers to them growing their export business? What kind of training is needed to improve the local export market? What kind of physical farming inputs do they require to reach maximum self-sufficiency?  

In response, 3 training workshops and 5 on-site seminars have been hosted, addressed gaps in education and skills. A quote from Mutaz, a farmer from Kardalah and a participant in the project, about the recent field study tour to Baqa Algharbia: "We arrived about 01:00 pm to the herbs farm. The owner welcomed us warmly also he give us a wide idea about the methods of agriculture and irrigation for mint, strawberry and celery. We got to discuss with the owner production and marketing, and exchange agriculture knowledge."

And from Mohammed, about another trip:

"We left Kardalah at about 7:00 am 7th of March 2013 in the direction of packaging home in Hashorn area near Tel-Aviv. The work team of the home welcomed us warmly then the manger showed us the process of filtration, washing, drying, packaging and the storing inside cooling room (-22), then he introduced the history of establishment for this home, the scope of work in local and global markets, the season of work here and in South Africa, the types of fruits and vegetables that they process, also we tasted the appetizing farsamona. We got new information and discussed jointly the ways of upgrading."

With your continued support, can be extended to impact more farmers across a broader region of this conflicted area.

Thank you!

Dec 27, 2012

Project ALMOST funded! Thank you for your support

Dear Supporters of the "Help Palestinian Farmers Grow and Export Their Crops" project,

On behalf of the Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, we are excited to announce the raising of $42,900 in additional funds from an American foundation. This brings our total funds raised to $48,137 USD.

We send sincere thanks to each of you on behalf of our organization and the farmer members of the Bardalah/Kardalah Farmers' Co-operative. We will initiate the project in early 2013 and hope to see the remaining funds trickle in... please share our project oage with your networks! Reaching our goal of $50,000 will allow more farmers to be involved in the project, providing them with training and support for the export of high-demand crops.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/ipcri - for regular news and photos from the project.

All the best,

IPCRI

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Dec 3, 2012

Project check-in

Many thanks to everyone for their generous support.

We are currently working hard to secure additional resources over and above those which have been donated as a result of GlobalGiving, so as to be sure that we have sufficient funding to kick-start the project. Our project advisors are in constant touch with the members of the farmers' co-operative in Bardalah and all are looking forward to embarking on this project as soon as possible.

We are actively applying to external funding opportunities, but are also hoping to rally our Global Giving community and source the energy and passion of our network to support this important initiative. Please share our page with friends and colleagues to help us reach our goal!

Learn more about IPCRI's past success in building the capacity of Palestinian farmers (and about project advisor Dr. Adiri Hillel), at the news link attached.

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Robin Twite

Director of Environment
Jerusalem, Israel

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