TUC Aid is supporting the development of a nursery in the Gaza strip to help some of the poorest families secure enough food and improve their incomes.
The residents of Gaza are facing a crisis. The majority of its 1.6 million people are children and refugees living under siege. Access to fuel, water, energy and food is heavily restricted by the Occupation, and agricultural land is encroached by the Israeli free fire zones around the borders. Four in five people survive off humanitarian aid.
Yet agriculture can provide a lifeline, amid chronic levels of unemployment and hunger in Gaza. That's why TUC Aid is proud to be supporting the MA'AN Development Center, in conjunction with Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) to establish a nursery to grow high quality, organic seedlings to support farmers across the Khan Younis governorate in Gaza.
Luay Alwuhaidi of MA'AN said:
'This nursery will be a fantastic help to the people of Gaza. We will be able to support hundreds of households run by women with fruit trees, vegetable seedlings or seasonal crop seeds.
Unemployment, especially of rural farmers, is a key problem in Gaza. We will be helping farmers return back to their land and replant it
It will be a great asset for MA'AN to continue helping farmers across Gaza. Thanks to trade unionists in Britain and to TUC Aid for providing this practical solidarity.'
(photos courtesy of MA'AN Development Center).
MA'AN Development Center is an independent Palestinian development and training institution established in 1989. It works throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories on food security, strengthening the capacity of Palestinian civil society, the environment and advocating for Palestinian rights.
Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) is the Australian trade union movement's development cooperation organisation.
TUC Aid is the TUC's development arm
TUC Congress policy on Israel and Palestine calls for the lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
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