Funded by:      Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI)
Starting Date: January 2009
Ending Date:   December 2010

This project, funded by the Spanish Cooperation, aims at investigating food insecurity and vulnerability of around 250 poorest rural households Tubas, Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates by providing quantitative and qualitative data about people and areas suffering from food insecurity and through developing a food security information system to assist in pilot decision-making process for future planning and implementation of developmental programs, awareness programs and relief interventions to ensure sustainable food security of most needy families in the targeted areas. The Strategic goal of this project is to improve the food security of poorest rural households in Tubas, Bethlehem and Hebron governorates, which are amongst those most targeted and affected governorates in the West Bank from sharp deterioration in the socio-economic conditions. Several activities are conducted for studying and surveying food security, health and nutritional status in Tubas, Hebron and Bethlehem Governorates at household and locality level through the formulation of 74 committees at national, governorate and locality levels; the conduction of baseline survey for 3500 households; the conduction of blood test survey for 3000 persons; the conduction of awareness programs covering topics related to food intake, food hygiene, nutritional health and food insecurity coping strategies, with main focus on capacities of key women in the targeted communities. These campaigns include the production of 5 leaflets, 50 articles, 100 flashes, and 10 TV and Radio sessions. As for implementation outputs of the project, the targeted poorest rural households shall improve their food production, their livelihood, generate more income, and develop their agro-environmental capacities through the implementation of agro-developmental activities at 380 households.