Reducing the risks of irrigated agriculture practices and solid waste on public health and environment in rural Bethlehem Governorate- Artas Valley and Solomon’s Pools Area.
Reducing the risks of irrigated agriculture practices and solid waste on public health and environment in rural Bethlehem Governorate- Artas Valley and Solomon’s Pools Area.
The project main goal: To reduce the exposure of humans and the environment to harmful chemicals and solid waste in the Artas Valley and the Solomon’s pools area, including persistent organic pollutants, other harmful chemicals and heavy metals, through a community approach to prevent or reduce exposure, use and consumption of these substances, in accordance to national and international standards and guidelines.
The project main activities are:
1-Form a community committee to guide and facilitate the work of the project team in the village of Artas and the Solomon’s pools area, to carry out the activities of the project effectively.
2-undertake a research study to understand agricultural practices at Artas Valley, focusing on the uses of hazardous chemicals during the seasons of agriculture, through conducting baseline survey and filling outquestionnaire with farmers from Artas village.
3-Evaluate the project results to highlight the success of adopting environment friendly agricultural practices at all levels, including the positive impact on the environment and society.
4-Apply safe and environment friendly agricultural practices by 10 farmers at Artas village by providing the farmers with agricultural extension for clean pest control and alternatives to chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
5- Clean the second and third Solomon’s pools from the solid waste collected in and out, with emphasis on the area where the water is being carried into the agricultural land of Artas.
6-Hold two workshops for 40 to 50 farmers of Artas village with relevant training sessions concerning the importance and methodology of integrated pest control, recycling and preparation of organic compost, chemical hazards and other related issues.
7- Exchange 4 farm visits to exchange experiences between farmers “40 farmers/ 30% women farmers” and identify agricultural practices on farms that have adopted change in order to raise awareness and change.
8- Produce of a guide on best agricultural practices to adopt a safe farming pattern (1000 copies).
9- Organize a marketing promotional campaign for Artas-free chemical products, where the products and agricultural plans adopted by Artas farmers are marketed.

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Project Snapshot

Palestinian authority
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 35,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,143.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
10% of workshops participates were youth.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Artas Farmers were able to sell all the products of the season through the Lettuce Festival organized by the project and by advocating for their products as production free of chemicals. Some were able to earn better of his or her productions as they used for example to sell the lettuce for 4 NIS 1 USD each after the project they sell it for 5 NIS one and half USD noting that it is free of chemicals.
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Ms. Nadia Zuhair Elkhodary


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