Contracting party: Mennonite Central Committee
Funded By: Mennonite Central Committee
Starting Date: April 2021
Ending Date: March 2024
This project aims at providing newly and easily managed eco-agro-production technologies on household level (60 units of wicking beds technology) to 60 poor families (mainly women headed households). Each household has an average of 6 people so this project will impact 360 people total. The project will work in 2 vulnerable areas: 42 poor families from At Tour & Suwwana, Al-‘Isawiya and Beit Hanina & Shou’fat communities-East Jerusalem and 18 special hardship poor families from the main 3 cities (Beit Sahour, Bethlehem, Beit Jala) and Al-khader town from of Bethlehem Governorate, with main focus on Area C and vulnerable areas. Also, beneficiaries will receive suitable training and technical backstopping to build capacity in managing these systems and sustaining their production. The wicking bed approach requires minimal water and is appropriate given these community’s lack of access to water, and works well in urban environments where land availability is minimal. The goal in promoting this technology is to improve vegetable production, leading to increased income, improved food security as well as contribute to household resilience to vulnerability and poverty.