Australian Middle East NGO Cooperation Agreement Phase 3 (AMENCA 3) Technical Advisors

White flowers in a field

Cardno is making a difference at the grass-roots level in Palestinian farming communities, helping them to engage sustainably and profitably in the commercial agriculture market.

Against a backdrop of protracted crisis and violence in the Palestinian Territories, Cardno is playing a vital technical advisory role in the AMENCA 3 program to help reduce poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth, prosperity and stability in the region. 

Building on the success of AMENCA’s two prior phases, AMENCA 3 focuses on private sector development in agriculture to drive economic growth. Cardno is managing, mobilising and supporting a team of technical and program implementation advisors to provide strong technical inputs and strategic advice to DFAT, the three AMENCA 3 Australian non-governmental organisations and their associated consortia.  

With our expertise in private sector and markets systems development, monitoring, evaluation, and gender and youth, we’re helping AMENCA 3 target the following key outcomes by 2020: 

  • helping farmers – both women and men – to be more ‘market ready’ with improved quantity, quality and reliability in their production. We expect that 10,000 farmers will have access to improved water management systems, 11,000 farms will adopt new agricultural practices, and 50kms of rural roads will be rehabilitated, constructed and maintained. 
  • helping women and men engage more sustainably and profitably in value chains, including collaboration with agribusiness and service providers to address value chain blockages. We expect that $17 million in private sector investment will be leveraged, $70 million of additional domestic sales and $30 million of additional exports will be facilitated, and at least six agricultural value chains will function better.
  • economically empowering more women and youth. We expect 70 per cent of the interventions developed to include new opportunities for women and youth, 8,000 women and 3,500 youth will be able to report examples of economic empowerment, and 7,500 women and 1,500 youth will have more active or equitable roles in agricultural value chains as a result of AMENCA 3.