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Gaza: Enhancing sustainable urban food systems in the Gaza Strip

Proposal: Seeks to continue working towards Palestinian agricultural policies to enhance resilience and sustainability and on the other hand it will support and facilitate local urban agriculture initiatives based on local economic development, local community innovation and youth employability.

Ahmed Sourani – GUPAP Coordinator
GUPAP – The Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform
GUPAP Work plan 2018-2021


In 2017, GUPAP was established as an independent Palestinian NGO with its own legal status. In the coming years, GUPAP will adopt the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and promote different actions for promoting local food production by:

1. Promoting and strengthening urban and peri-urban food production and processing based on sustainable approaches and integrate urban and peri-urban agriculture into agriculture and food policies and city development and resilience plans.

2. Seeking coherence between the city and nearby rural food production, processing and distribution, focussing on smallholder producers and family farmers, paying particular attention to empowering women and youth.

3. Applying an ecosystem approach to guide holistic and integrated land use planning and management in collaboration with both urban and rural authorities and other natural resource managers by combining landscape features, for example with risk-minimizing strategies to enhance opportunities for agro-ecological production, conservation of biodiversity and farmland, climate change adaptation, tourism, leisure and other ecosystem services.

4. Protecting and enabling secure access and tenure to land for sustainable food production in urban and peri-urban areas, including land for community gardeners and smallholder producers, for example through land banks or community land trusts; provide access to municipal land for local agricultural production and promote integration with land use and city development plans and programmes.

5. Helping to provide services to food producers in and around cities, including technical training and financial assistance (credit, technology, food safety, market access, etc.) to build a multigenerational and economically viable food system with inputs such as compost from food waste, grey water from post-consumer use, and energy from waste etc. while ensuring that these do not compete with human consumption.

6. Supporting short food chains, producer organisations, producer-to-consumer networks and platforms, and other market systems that integrate the social and economic infrastructure of urban food system that links urban and rural areas. This could include civil society-led social and solidarity economy initiatives and alternative market systems.

7. Improving (waste) water management and reuse in agriculture and food production through policies and programmes using participatory approaches.

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GUPAP program concept note 2018-2020-

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