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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Agricultural production and market systems» in Israel-Palestine

In a region marked by long-standing conflicts, HEKS/EPER is striving to promote peace based on justice and respect for human rights. The latter have been drastically curtailed as a result of the strife and this is hampering a permanent peace settlement. HEKS/EPER supports civil society players that are working, by non-violent means, to overcome the current conflicts and inequality. To this end, a network of local and international organizations is being forged in order to achieve a just, human rights-based peace settlement. Under the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), HEKS/EPER also works to enhance the protection of the civilian population through the use of international human rights observers. HEKS/EPER carries out awareness-raising activities in Switzerland.

HEKS in Israel/Palestine

Facts

In 2019, nine partner organisations committed to direct dialogue between various groups. Among other things, this enabled them peacefully to open up access to land in five areas, whether for agriculture, rights of transit or for cultural facilities.

HEKS/EPER sent eight volunteers as human rights monitors, principally to ensure greater safety for school children.

HEKS/EPER is active primarily in rural areas, where prosperity and quality of life for the poorest are closely bound up with properly functioning agriculture. This is often not the case, however, as depleted soil, poor transport routes or lacking know-how hamper profitable agricultural production. HEKS/EPER helps people engage in profitable and ecological agriculture. This calls for sustainable production techniques and a great diversity of products so as to be able to react to environmental risks and market changes. In order that produce can be marketed successfully, HEKS/EPER enhances smallholders' knowledge of the market and militates for market systems in which smallholders are able to survive. In so doing HEKS/EPER mediates between producing, processing and subcontracting enterprises.