Bedouins to Stay: Feeding Families in the West Bank
Currently, more than 1.6 million people in Gaza are considered food insecure. There are many contributing factors: the high cost of living, low household incomes, and high unemployment compound each other. In the West Bank, the prolonged period of slow economic growth, restrictions on movement, trade, investment and access to land and water resources, together with higher food prices, continue to erode the fragile livelihoods of impoverished Palestinians. More than 60 percent of the Bedouin and herding communities in Area C of the West Bank are food-insecure. Encroaching settlements also continue to threaten the livelihood of the Bedouin people.
It is vital to provide support for those who face food scarcity. Food Packages provided in Area C of the West Bank last on average for 8 weeks, providing essential physical nutrients as well as emotional support for entire families. The food distribution was locally produced, which directly benefited both the local economies and people in need. Food packages included staples which help families in this impoverished and underserved area thrive.
A total of 200 Food Packages were delivered to in-need Bedouin families in Area C of the West Bank.Food Packages included:
- Peeled Lentils
- Halva Dessert
- Bulgur Rice
- Sanyorah Meat
- Tea 1/2 kg
- Samnah Butter
- Tomato Paste
- Macaroni Pasta
- Why It Matters
Although food must, of course, be replenished, receiving aid is critical for those who are food insecure. Malnutrition in children can cause long-term health and economic strains for families already struggling to make it. Providing aid in this area specifically also helps strengthen the long-term sustainability of Bedouins living in Area C, rather than getting pushed out of their homes. Finally, providing even temporary relief can leave an impact on families, physically and emotionally, for days, weeks, months, and even years to come.