In crisis response, emergency actions such as food distributions are only run for a minimum period, and in parallel with rehabilitation of food value chains at household/enterprise and community level and entrepreneurship development to create long-term opportunities (see Box below).

Breaking cycles of dependency through entrepreneurship in the Gaza Strip

In the context of re-occurring violence and a broken economy, small-scale producers like Wafaa, a mother of four children in the Gaza Strip, were depending on aid distributions year after year. CARE assisted Wafaa and more than 100 other producers to come together in a social business that produces and markets high-quality dates and date products. This gives these entrepreneurs a steady income while improving food availability in the Gaza Strip and shows the power of tapping into local market potential.


In addition, social economic hubs are set up, mostly through co-operatives or CBOs, to serve communities’ development needs, but also respond to farmers’ urgent needs such as loss of livelihood or income during times of destruction, displacement, droughts or floods.