Historically, al-Walajah has been an agricultural community that relied on harvest to support its local economy. Since 1948, large amounts of lands belonging to the village have been annexed by Israel and used for the construction of nearby settlements (Gilo, Har Gilo, Ora, and Aminadav) and the Annexation Wall, which surrounds the village. After decades of land loss of the village’s original 17,000 dunams of agricultural land, only approximately 2,600 dunams remain. Despite these challenges, farming remains the main source of income for many people in the village. To address these issues, Abu-Alaa, a farmer from al-Walajah, initiated the establishment of an Agricultural Committee to support farmers and al-Walajah’s local economy.
The preservation of local traditions and the development of agriculture
A thriving local economy supported by a sustainable agricultural sector.
Develop and enhance the village economy through the implementation of a training programme which focuses on increasing the overall agricultural productivity.
- Utilizing uncultivated agricultural lands.
- Carrying out cooperative agricultural projects
The organisation is seeking volunteers with knowledge and experience in agriculture. Additionally, the organisation is seeking developmental and technical support.
Language Skills: Arabic
- Agricultural experts (agricultural engineers, alternative farming technicians) and business consultants to help the farmers improve their skills.
- Materials (fertilizers, human resources, technology, and agricultural equipment) needed for increasing agricultural productivity and land use.
- Agricultural training and workshops.
- Agricultural equipment and materials.
The committee offers advice services to farmers.
The committee provides advice to farmers and meets with them on a monthly basis.