Project Summary


The fragility of socio-economic conditions in the Palestinian Territories is sadly exemplified by high unemployment rates, especially among the youth, and restrictions imposed on access to water and land resources. Particularly, the low-income segments of the Palestinian society feel the multiple burdens of these development constraints. Calls for the creation of employment opportunities and optimal use of the natural resource base merits full political attention and a high priority on the agendas. Yet, next to political restrictions, it is often the lack of innovative agricultural knowledge and water management techniques that constitute a major impediment to these developments. The project provided advanced educational training in floriculture using treated wastewater, hitherto, unknown agro-hydrological discipline in the West Bank. Also, the project capitalized on a partnership initiative between PADUCO members, municipalities of Amsterdam, and Al Taybeh (Ramallah), WaterNet (water company Amsterdam), PUM (Manager Deployment Programme, Netherlands) and the local Al Taybeh Women's Association. The consortium started a pilot on rose/pink cloves cultivation in greenhouses in Al Taybeh. The project covered educational training on comparing the use of treated and freshwater resources, and on agronomic/economic feasibility studies for floriculture value chain development.

Project Objectives


The intended project for small grant facilities aimed to address these concerns by organizing advanced educational training in floriculture that, in the foreseen highly classified value chain, will create multiple jobs. A first marketing reconnaissance showed a large demand for flowers from the internal market and ample opportunities for export when further expansion is realized. The collaboration aimed to start a research and learning project using treated wastewater (TWW) for floriculture, mainly rose and pink cloves, in greenhouses in the municipality of Al Taybeh.

Project Team


Name: Amer Marei

University: Al-Quds University

Email: marei.amer@gmail.com

Name:  Ben Sonneveld

Organization: Vrije Universiteit

Email:  b.g.j.s.sonneveld@vu.nl

Name: Rezeq Basher

Organization: Hebron University

Email: rezqbasheer@hebron.edu

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Small Grant Facilities (SGF)

Research Summary : 

The project provided advanced educational training in floriculture using treated wastewater, hitherto, unknown agro-hydrological discipline in the West Bank. A pilot was initiated on rose/pink cloves cultivation in greenhouses in Al Taybeh. The project covered educational training on comparing the use of treated and freshwater resources, and on agronomic/economic feasibility studies for floriculture value chain development.