Green Dates and Sustainable Markets

Enhancing the Transition to Sustainable Economic Growth in Palestine

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DCA Palestine

The Issue

The project addresses significant challenges faced by Palestinian date farmers, including inconsistent market connections, outdated farming practices, lack of knowledge on safe production and quality standards, and limited access to finance for adopting new technologies. These issues result in reduced productivity and hinder sustainable growth. Additionally, farmers struggle with climate resilience and environmental sustainability. The project targets these issues by promoting socially and environmentally responsible farming models, improving market access, and integrating climate-resilient practices, thus aiming to enhance farmers’ livelihoods and contribute to sustainable, inclusive economic growth. This aligns with national development goals for sustainable environment and export market development.

A date farmer in the Jordan Valley, 2023

The Project

The project will tackle the issue by promoting climate-smart farming practices and fostering sustainable development within the dates value chain. The project address key risks and constraints faced by farmers, such as inadequate farming techniques and market access challenges. By enhancing international demand for Palestinian dates, we aim to create a green, sustainable, and inclusive economy. This aligns with the Danish Embassy’s priorities in Palestine. DCA will ensure continuous engagement with the Representative Office of Denmark in Ramallah to support these efforts and enhance the livelihoods of local farmers.

The Change

The intervention will transform the date value chain by promoting greening and climate-smart practices, which will enhance production quality and capacity. This will help farmers increase yields and improve the competitiveness of Palestinian dates in international markets. By fostering an enabling environment for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) and engaging national and international stakeholders, including potential retailers, the project will encourage sustainable practices and innovation. The expected results include improved farmer livelihoods, adoption of sustainable farming methods, and enhanced environmental resilience. Continuous stakeholder engagement will support these outcomes and align with the Danish Embassy’s priorities.

A female employee at the Rift Vally co., 2023

Our Partners

Salling Group

Salling Group is Denmark’s largest retailer and the key commercial partner in the project. Salling Group will conduct the Quality and Safety testing of the date samples, participate in the partner trip to expand the stakeholder network and lead as an example for other Danish retailers.

Ethical Trade Denmark

Ethical Trade Denmark is a Danish multi-stakeholder platform for responsible and sustainable trade. The organization brings together private and public partners who want to make a difference in a movement for ethical trade. Ethical Trade Denmark will coordinate and facilitate key network events in Denmark and support the development of a Palestinian multi-stakeholder dialogue model on Responsible Business Conduct and greening.

MA’AN Development Center

MA’AN Development Center is an independent, non-governmental, non-partisan Palestinian development and training institution. In this project, MA’AN will carry out value chain analyses and trainings, as well as facilitate linkages with local stakeholders. The organization will help with greening technology assessments and demonstrations, and conduct Responsible Business Conduct activities in Palestine

GSOL Energy

GSOL Energy is a leading supplier of Solar PV solutions for international businesses and aid organizations. GSOL Energy will help assess the needs for green technology initiatives and design tailored solutions.

Our Work

DCA and NCA work in Palestine to support Palestinian communities in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem to be economically and socially resilient and active participants in decision making processes affecting their lives. This includes advocating for respect for international humanitarian law, human rights and a just peace.

About the project

Full title: Enhancing transition to green and sustainable economic growth in Palestine.

Period: April 2023 – September 2024

Salling Group
Ethical Trade Denmark
MA’AN Development Center
GSOL Energy

Funding: DKK 864,112

Number of people reached: 10 stakeholders, 20 farmers, 50 vulnerable persons who increased their resilience to climate change, and 45 persons with generated income and/or improved livelihood.

Main Donor: Danida Green Business Partnership

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