Supporting Palestinian Agriculture

  • David B. BrooksEmail author
  • Julie Trottier
  • Giulia Giordano
Part of the SpringerBriefs on Case Studies of Sustainable Development book series (BRIEFSCSSD)


All water management incorporates elements of both top-down and bottom-up authority and capacity. The latter have dominated Palestinian water management for many years. This chapter focuses on the extent to which the rural, agricultural portions of the country, which account for the great bulk of its water use, continue to use bottom-up structures despite the Oslo Agreements and despite Israel’s military rulings. The current situation is further complicated by the arrival of agri-business interests that promote large date palm plantations that, on the one hand, provide Palestine with foreign exchange, and, on the other, pull water supplies and employment opportunities away from sharecropping farmers, thereby compromising livelihoods, housing security, and food security.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Brooks
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julie Trottier
    • 2
  • Giulia Giordano
    • 3
  1. 1.University of VictoriaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.ART-Dev, Site Saint-CharleDirectrice de Recherche CNRSMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.EcoPeace Middle EastTel AvivIsrael

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