Capacity building programme in support of the Palestinian National Authority – Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures

Project completed
Strengthened capacity for developing and implementing a sustainable Strategic SPS-related Ani-mal Health Strategy, Gaza Strip 2015, ©FAO

The single phase project seeks to develop national sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures responsive to World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements, contributing to enhance domestic and international trust and demand for Palestinian agriculture and agro-industrial products. The intervention will increase potential for Palestinian agro-economic growth and ultimately contribute to increase income of farmers. Last but not least, the project will contribute to develop and create pre-conditions for the implementation of a national food safety strategy, enhancing food sovereignty in Palestine.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Agriculture & food security
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Agricultural policy
Material relief assistance
Agricultural development
Infectious desease
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)
01.12.2015 - 31.12.2019
CHF 3'350'000
  • Palestinians are getting poorer for the third year in a row. Poverty reached 25% in 2014 (GS 39%; WB 16%); 80% of GS’s population is currently aid dependent.
  • Unemployment in West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS) continues to be persistently high due to weak private sector, reaching 25% in the first half of 2015 (West Bank 16%, Gaza 42%).
  • The agriculture sector remains a main pillar of the Palestinian economy - with high potential of growth - and important employer in oPt, it provides employment to 11.5% of the Palestinian workforce.
  • Lack of food safety strategy/measures and implementation mechanisms.
  • Local population has low perception and confidence in local produce.
  • Low competitiveness of Palestinian products due to increased costs related to the constrains imposed by Israel

Enhanced agro-economic growth and public health in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (WBGS).

Target groups
  • Direct beneficiaries are Ministries of Agriculture (MoA), Health (MoH), National Economy (MNE), and Palestinian Standards Institute (PSI)
  • Indirect beneficiaries, small farmers who will benefit from increased demand and reduced production costs, and consumers at large who will benefit from safer food to eat and economic growth
Medium-term outcomes

Public sector institutions design and implement better policies and regulatory frameworks, and provide public services related to plant protection, food safety and quality, as well as animal health


Expected results:  

  • Strengthened capacity to design and implement a strategic National Phytosanitary Action Plan
  • Strengthened government capacity to design and implement a SPS-related National Food Safety Strategy
  • Strengthened government capacity to design and implement a strategic SPS-related National Animal Health Plan

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will be the implementing partner in partnership with MoA

Other partners

Spanish Cooperation, EU, Netherlands Representative Office 

Coordination with other projects and actors

Synergies with the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (FFV) project in the WB implemented by Oxfam GB (Great Britain) as well as the Market access project in Gaza implemented by Oxfam Italy

Synergies with other programs and projects implemented by other donors such as Australia Aid program, DANIDA and EU funded projects in the sector.







Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'350'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'322'174
Project phases

Phase 1 01.12.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)