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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02842
Date : 16/06/2015
Caption : Gaza, Al-Qarara area. Ziyad Abu Khashan benefited from ICRC’s cash crops project this year.
Photographer : ALWAHEIDI, Nidal
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article from the 9th July 2015:

" [...] Ziyad Abu Khashan, 45-years-old from the al-Qarara area, is married and has six family members.
"I used to have fields of olive trees, but after my land was destroyed, I decided to plant okra and beans as they grow faster and produce more."
Ziyad believes that one of the best things about the ICRC's project is the cash goes directly to the farmer.
Ziyad's wife and children help him to harvest the land. Ziyad's wife, Um Ahmed, said: "We sell the crops and we live on the money that we make. The most important thing for us is that we are not in any debt."

[…] Hundreds of hectares of agricultural land along Gaza's border with Israel were destroyed during the conflict in 2014. Homes and irrigation systems were also destroyed, or severely damaged. The impact on the local economy was huge, with many farmers left without a source of income to provide for their families.
To help local farmers get back on their feet, the ICRC facilitated the clearing of unexploded remnants of war, and worked tirelessly to relevel the damaged agricultural land, to make it arable again.
The relevelling of the land was a race against time to finish before the rainy season arrived, with 24 bulldozers working from sunrise to sunset every day for two months.
One third of the agricultural land of the Gaza Strip is along the border with Israel. The land is considered to be the "bread basket" for the population of Gaza. […]”
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5184x3456
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour