Agriculture Development Association (PARC) activities in response to COVID -19
The world is facing an unprecedented challenge, in which communities and economies globally are being affected by the increasing spread of COVID-19 virus. The World Health Organization “WHO” declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. As the situation keeps progressing worldwide, this pandemic is affecting communities from all around the world in terms of their health and source of livelihoods.
In Palestine due to the severity of the situation, an emergency state was declared in followed by a curfew (lockdown) that was announced on the eve of the 22nd of March, 2020 for two weeks. However, due to the severity of the situation, a presidential decree was announced on the 3rd of April, 2020 to extend the state of emergency and the lockdown for another month to control the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown has effectively paralyzed all aspects of life, and is adversely affecting vulnerable communities and households who rely on daily activities to make a living in Palestine.
PARC worked on several axes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to respond to the spread of the virus. The first point of action is providing food security to marginalized groups who are economically affected by the closure. Secondly, PARC is helping farmers by providing them with inputs needed for agriculture and aiding them in selling and marketing their outputs. Thirdly, aiding the government and local committees, in reducing the spread of the virus and educate people how to protect themselves from the disease.
Below is a detailed description of the activities done by PARC to this date.
Firstly, providing food security to marginalized groups
Secondly, relief and assistance to farmers and facilitating their access to markets
Thirdly, aiding the government and local committees through sanitization and awareness campaign
Al-Reef Fair Trade activities: Al- Reef which is part of PARC’s CORDA and its marketing body conducted a number of activities in response to the state of emergency like the distribution of food packages and aiding small farmers and producers in reaching the external market.