Understanding the Market for Agro-Commodities in the West Bank

Food security is a major issue in the West Bank. Given the region's arid environment and limited water for irrigation, knowing how to best use scarce resources can better inform agricultural policy for food security. This research will examine options for improving food security in the West Bank by assessing the status of a variety of food crops, from production to consumption. It will also aim to shed light on food security gaps and challenges in the area. This baseline assessment of the food consumption-production process will encompass food production, food availability, and food marketing.

The project also aims to:
- develop a network of stakeholders involved in food policy in the West Bank;
- analyze the major crops and agro-commodities produced and consumed in the West Bank to help identify opportunities for efficiency improvements in supply chains;
- analyze the role of agri-food production and marketing stakeholders for specific commodity value chains;
- analyze locally produced agro-commodities and marketing channels for internal and external markets; and,
- share the results with key decision-makers and other stakeholders to enhance awareness and cooperation.

The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem will lead the research and plan workshops to bring together key decision-makers and local stakeholders. It will conduct surveys of producers, consumers, markets, and stakeholders to provide a snapshot of how selected crops with high potential to improve food security are produced, handled, processed, and consumed. Anticipated outcomes include an improved network of stakeholders working on food security issues in the region and a better understanding of the gaps between food production and food consumption along the value chain.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, April 1, 2013

End Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


24 months

IDRC Officer

Robertson, Susan

Total funding

CA$ 323,400


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Roubina Ghattas


Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem

Institution Country

West Bank and Gaza

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