The neighboring Palestinian villages of Bardalah and Kardalah are two of the poorest villages in the Jordan Valley and are dependent on agriculture for their economic livelihood. But in this isolated location, they face many difficulties in marketing and exporting their crops. This project will train the farmers of these villages to cultivate new crops and market their produce to obtain better prices in markets abroad.
Isolated in the northern West Bank, the villages of Bardalah and Kardalah lack health, education, and public transportation services.The farmers solely rely on farming as their source of income, but have limited economic prospects as they are confronted with many difficulties in exporting their crops, both locally and abroad. Improvements in farming practices and commercial marketing are needed to bring better standards of living to the village.
This project will train the farmers of these villages to cultivate two new crops--herbs and chili peppers--that are in high demand in international markets and teach them how to market their produce to meet the strict importing standards of foreign markets. The village farmer can obtain better prices and benefit from these new economic opportunities.
This project will promote more effective commercial marketing of crops and sustainable improvements in farming practices in Bardalah and Kardalah, but additionally will provide a model that can be adopted by other Farmer's Co-operatives in the West Bank.