AL QARARA | GAZA
❝Ahead of the 2016 winter season, I leased 150 dunums from a landowner in the Al Qarara area, some 700 metres from the fence, and planted them with 13 types of leafy and rain-fed crops.
❝A third of the land, 50 dunums, I planted with spinach, which is in demand in winter. Everything went well. I managed to find a wholesaler who paid me $11,100 in advance for the produce.
❝In January 2017, just three days before the harvest, an Israeli airplane sprayed the crops with herbicides and all the spinach crop was destroyed.
❝I had already used the money I received from the wholesaler to cover the cost of inputs and for paying the landlord.
❝I estimate my losses at $43,000. I have no money to pay the wholesaler back.
❝I replanted the land again with other seasonal crops to recover some of the big losses I experienced.
❝Luckily, this time I covered some of the crops with nylon, in advance of the April spraying, and minimized the damage❞
This case was contributed by the Food Security Sector (FSS) and the pictures were taken by focal points of the FSS in Qarara. It is part of an article published in OCHA's Humanitarian Bulletin | April 2017