Youth and Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Economy – AMENCA 3

About the project:

The program is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian NGOs linking NGO activities and expertise to Australia’s development cooperation strategy for the Middle East. The program commenced in early 2016 over five years (2016-2020).

1.2 APHEDA Project: “Enhancing the long term profitability of small scale farmers and producers”

In 2016, ASALA launched the “My Right to Inheritance” campaign through the
AMENCA 3 project. The goal of the campaign was to raise awareness of women’s inheritance rights according to Islamic law (Shari'a). It primarily focuses on women’s right to inherit agricultural properties such as lands, income from land and related agribusinesses. Accessing these resources is the key to women’s empowerment, particularly for women working in the agricultural sector. The campaign has been implemented in the particularly selected communities namely Jenin District (northern part of the West Bank) and Gaza. However, the main activities conducted within this campaign were channeled to address any challenges or hardships hindering women from inheriting any type of agricultural resources as well as to encourage their male counterparts to help them overcome these challenges.

The project is funded by the Australian Government (DFAT) and implemented by APHEDA consortium of three implementing partners Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association - ASALA, MAAN Development Centre, and Institute for Community Partnership ICP. ASALA aims specifically within this project to empower women to realize their rights to inheritance and their rights from working in the agriculture sector, which is in accordance with Asala’s overall mission to empower women to realize their social and economic rights, and as ASALA achieves its mission through various types of advocacy and awareness raising methodologies.

The project is implemented at the national level, in two areas in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Jenin district in the northern West Bank, and within Gaza Strip.

Project Goal:

To increase the profits of small-scale farmers, processors and entrepreneurs through quality market connections.

Project Outcomes:

Outcome 1: Women and men are more market ready

Small –scale Palestinian women and men farmers achieve profitable scale and consistent quality through more efficient use of agricultural asses, inputs, innovative agricultural practices and applied research.

Outcome 2: Women and men engage more sustainably and profitably in selected value chains

Women and youth engaged in quality food processing and marketing to increase the value of target corps. Small-scale women and men farmers and producers connected to commercial private sector traders for domestic and international markets

Outcome 3: Women and youth are more economically empowered

Women and youth profitably engaged in value chains, structural barriers to women’s economic and social inclusion are removed, youth given opportunities for business training and entrepreneurial skill development