Funded by:                   United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
In partnership with:  ACDI-VOCA
Starting Date:              November 2008
Ending Date:                March 2009

FSI project aims to improve food security and livelihood by contributing to sustainable income, agricultural production security, water management and drought mitigation through compost production. The project targets marginalized and poor communities in Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates (90% female headed). Among FSI outputs is the construction of 40 rainwater harvesting cisterns, establishing 40 home gardens and installing drips irrigation networks, cultivating farmers' land of 20 dunums to be planted with vegetables and herbs. Moreover, the project involves conducting 70 training days for around 600 beneficiaries with a majority of female participants. The workshops cover topics such as: water and home garden management, plant production, tea manure and compost production, IPM and food processing and food hygiene, compost effect on water conservation and soil fertility, as well as compost manufacturing and using. And to ensure sustainability of the project, ARIJ field engineers shall conduct 3520 technical and extension community day visits during and after implementation.