- OFID signs grant agreement with Care Austria to help farming communities in the Gaza Strip
OFID signs grant agreement with Care Austria to help farming communities in the Gaza Strip
Dr Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, Care Executive Director (left) and OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish.
January 19, 2017, Vienna, Austria. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a grant agreement with Care Austria for a project aiming at strengthening farmers’ livelihoods and food security in the Gaza Strip, directly benefiting around 7,500 people.
The US$800,000 agreement was signed by OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and Dr Andrea Barschdorf-Hager, Care Executive Director, who was accompanied by Dr Daniel Seller, Care Program Director.
The grant will help support activities including repairing damaged farming-related infrastructure such as irrigation systems, greenhouses and farmland, as well as providing inputs. Another component will focus on strengthening the capacity of agriculture and agribusiness community-based organizations and cooperatives through awareness building sessions, training on business planning and provision of technical assistance. The project is expected to directly benefit around 7,500 people.
OFID has approving a total of US$1.62m in support of Care initiatives that aimed at boosting food security and livelihoods in Jenin; improving access to education for vulnerable girls in southern Nepal; providing humanitarian assistance for Syrians in crisis and promoting agricultural income-generating activities in the West Nile region of Uganda.