The frame of the Agricultural Census 2020 is being prepared by listing all holders through visiting every household, using maps to reach all addresses.
Photo: PCBS

05.07.2019

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Up-to-date and accurate data on agricultural holdings is an enabling tool for public and private investment as well as a core building block for relevant planning and monitoring in the agriculture sector. In this context, Switzerland supports the realisation of Palestine’s Agriculture Census 2020. Our authors depict the process of data gathering in a fragile context as well as the challenges such a venture faces.

The agricultural sector has historically been an important driver in creating job opportunities in the Palestinian economy. As of 2010, this sector was employing 11.5 per cent of the Palestinian labour force, of whom 33 per cent were women. Currently the sector employs – formally and informally – an estimated amount of close to 25 per cent of the working-age population (about 760,000 people living in 146,000 households) who rely on farming, livestock rearing, fishing activities and processing. Agricultural products account for about one quarter of Palestinian exports. Around 70 per cent of the agricultural production takes place in the West Bank and 30 per cent in the Gaza Strip (see Box).

Palestine’s agricultural sector

The agricultural land covers more than 120,000 ha that is cultivated with all kinds of vegetables and field crops, in addition to the groves of fruit trees and to rangeland. The Palestinian agriculture sector is characterised by its diversity.

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