Capacity Building Program

This program consists of a combination of interventions concerned with developing a leading role for farmers’ associations and enabling them to play a bigger role in CBOs.

Program Definition

This program consists of a combination of interventions concerned with developing a leading role for farmers’ associations and enabling them to play a bigger role in CBOs.

Program Philosophy

Rural people have the rights of organizing themselves to achieve civil and democratic society that balances the rights and duties.

Target Group

Groups of cooperative or CBOs in rural regions, both officially registered and unofficially.

Goals of the Program

  1. Attaining, protecting and developing their social and economic rights. In addition to increase community participation at all levels.
  2. To encourage the rural people involvement in associations, non-profit agricultural organizations, or specialized, multi-purpose coops.
  3. To build models for sustainable interventions in the area of improving economic returns from farming, through controlling costs or improving returns from the marketing process.
  4. To build the capacity of the organizations and improve their public presence.
  5. Improve the governance within the CBOs.
  6. To improve the financial, administrative, and organizational performance of these organizations as grassroots institutions.
  7. To improve rural people ability to form advocacy groups in order to protect their interests in various areas.
  8. Increase the role of CBOs towards developing the enabling environment and having an impact towards policy making.

Key Interventions

  1. Consulting and assessing organizational and institutional capacities.
  2. Providing training and technical assistance.
  3. Facilitating institutional development.
  4. Transferring knowledge and building models.
  5. Enhance the enabling environment.
  6. Providing promotion and exhibition services.
  7. Institutionalizing the rights based approach with CBOs.
  8. Develop academic programs with local universities.

Core Achievements

  1. Enabling farmers in collectives to achieve their first gains from refunding VAT.
  2. Enabling farmers to save 10% on market prices as a result of adopting the collective procurement.
  3. Improving cooperative farmers’ capacities in the field of marketing their products in order to allow them to achieve higher price (15% to 20%) than the market price for individuals.
  4. Implementing health insurance as a top priority in realizing farmers' rights.
  5. Building savings portfolios that contribute to the enhancement of the financial base of the coops.
  6. Increase the social responding and solidarity on the location level.
  7. Networking and offering use of resources.
  8. The establishment of women's clubs, more than 150 centers, with a membership of more than 15,000 women, the Rural Women's Development Association works as an umbrella for these gatherings.
  9. The establishment of 34 youth groups which includes more than 1,000 youth, among them Youth and Environment Development Association.
  10. The establishment of farmers' associations, 12 associations at the governorates level, which formed the Farmers Union, with more than 6,000 members.
  11. The establishment and sponsor of savings and credit associations, which includes 12 association at the governorates levels of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and has more than 201 localities and site work, with more than 8,000 members.
  12. Co-sponsoring of national conferences on issues related rural area in consultation with universities and other civil institutions (fair trade, apartheid wall, the olive sector, etc ....).
  13. Agricultural loans, which helped thousands of farmers creating their own business.