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Ramallah – Competing with 1234 organizations from 121 countries around the world, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) was amongst the 35 world-wide initiatives awarded with the Equator Prize 2014 Award organized by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) in New York. UAWC thus proudly joins the network of the 187 total winners of this prestigious Award.

Represented by its exceptional National Bank for Local Seeds, UAWC’s award winning initiative is indicative of its unique community service and utmost commitment and dedication to the strategic approach of prioritizing and achieving long-term sustainable development for Palestinian farmers and their families. UAWC’s award winning Seed Bank is the first and only Palestinian project that offers the drying, processing and distribution of a variety of 36 pure local seeds to over 500 first and worst impacted Palestinian farmers.

Through this remarkable achievement, UAWC is now awarded with the golden opportunity that qualifies it to globally expand and share its knowledge and expertise accumulated over the many years of working within the Palestinian development sector in general, and with frontline communities in particular.

This proud and worthily achievement is not only an outstanding milestone for UAWC, but a well-deserved accomplishment that acknowledges its 28 years of devotion and commitment to reviving the Palestinian agricultural sector and sustaining the lives of the most impacted and marginalized Palestinian rural communities. This success further represents an award for Palestine as a whole, and grants UAWC with the great opportunity of expanding its services to a wider number of marginalized farmers and rural communities.