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.


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)