Local Development Forum
Agriculture SWG

Agriculture Sector Working Group (ASWG)

The main purpose of the ASWG is to act as a forum for information-sharing and coordination between donors and the PA on issues related to agriculture development, as well as the priorities and strategies of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA). The key functions of the ASWG are as follows:


  • assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to PA 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 in the agriculture sector;
  • develop joint indicators and sector reviews for sector monitoring and programme-based approaches.

  • The ASWG reports to the Economic Strategy Group (ESG) on a regular basis.

    Membership in the group is limited to donors and other institutions (e.g. relevant non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations) who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


    Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and Spain
    Technical Advisor: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    PA institutions: Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development (MoPAD), Ministry of Finance (MoF), Office of the President (OoP), Private Sector Coordinating Council (PSCC)
    Donors: Denmark, Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), United States (US), World Bank
    NGOs: Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations’ Network (PNGO)
    Observer: Office of the Quartet (OQ)
    Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)