UAWC and FAO organize a reciprocal visit to Antalya, in coordination with the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture
Ramallah - A delegation consisting of representatives from the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, and the Palestinian Cooperative Action Authority (PACA) carried out a visit to the Turkish province of Antalya in order to meet with agricultural and women's cooperatives and unions operating in the area. The objective of this visit was to understand their different experiences and successful agricultural models, and to examine the possibility of introducing such agricultural initiatives to the Palestinian agricultural sector. The visit also included a meeting with Antalya’s Director of Agriculture, who expressed his solidarity with the Palestinian people and stressed the importance of the visit, especially as it coincides with the peak of the agricultural season. He offered his assistance in introducing necessary agricultural practices to the Palestinian people. The delegation visited various constituents of the agricultural chain in Antalya, represented by visits to the Agricultural Extension System of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Research Center, in which the delegation learned about their great contribution to the advancement of the agricultural sector in Turkey. In addition, the delegation paid visits to several agricultural lending agencies, seed and vegetable production companies, central markets, and packaging companies. The tour was concluded with a visit to the agricultural chamber, as its main role involves voicing the needs of the agricultural sector to the Ministry of Agriculture. It is worth mentioning that this activity was conducted as part of the project to promote economic growth through the development of the agricultural value chain in the West Bank, funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by FAO and UAWC in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. The project targets 40 agricultural and women’s cooperatives in the West Bank.