Local Development Forum
Agriculture SWG

Agriculture Sector Working Group (ASWG)

The main purpose of the Agriculture SWG is to act as a forum for information-sharing and coordination on agriculture and food production related issues between donors and the PA (MoA). The work is guided by the National Agriculture Sector Strategy (2017-2022, and relevant plans within the framework of the National Policy Agenda 2017-2022.

The key functions of the Agriculture SWG are as follows:

  • assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to national plans and strategies for the sector;

  • support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;

  • coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication;

  • carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;

  • function as the main source of information for needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps;

Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors, civil society and private sector representatives who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


Composition

Chair: Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)

Deputy: Spain
Technical Advisor: FAO

UN Agencies: UNDP

Government institutions: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), Ministry of National Economy (MoNE), Palestine Water Authority (PWA), Environment Quality Authority (EQA)
Donors: Denmark, EUREP, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, USA, Australia
Private Sector institutions: Palestine Food Industries Union (PFIU)

Civil Society Institutions (CSOs): Economic and Social Development Center of Palestine (ESDC-PAL), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)
Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)