The Gaza Forum on Urban Agriculture (GUPAP), in cooperation with the UCASTI incubator, concluded the first phase of the training program “Enhancing Resilience & Sustainability of Agricultural Women’s Enterprises” on Thursday, 16 May 2019.

This is part of the project “Facilitate & Strengthen Institutional Capacities & Innovation  in Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture in Gaza Strip “, funded by MADRE International, which aims at empowering women economically and human rights. The Forum seeks to promote the sustainability and sustainability of the development of urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip through positive influence on policies, Lobbying and networking among diverse stakeholders.

The meeting was opened by welcoming the participants and thanked the graduates for their efforts to ensure the success of their projects in support of the agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed Sourani stressed the need to unite the efforts of the Riyadiyat through the formation of a forum for rural women in urban agriculture, which aims at raising the voice of women working in the agricultural sector and empowering them economically and socially. It was agreed to hold an expanded workshop for the Forum of Urban Economics for the formulation of the strategic framework of the forum. As the head of the incubator d. Said Al-Zubda to the importance of supporting the agricultural sector and the incubator to incubate agricultural projects of importance through the agricultural extension program in the incubator. The second phase of the program was selected through the selection of several projects (plant production, animal production, food processing) in order to obtain specialized training and then a development grant to promote resilience and sustainability.

During the first phase, the capacity of (30) women entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture in topics related to urban agriculture and urban family agriculture, the management of small urban agriculture projects, the strategies of funding small urban agriculture projects were built: the “savings and credit” strategy as a local model of positive adaptation Management of garden residues and domestic agro-enterprises, approaches to agricultural value chain development, foundations for the development of a policy impact strategy to promote and advocate the rights and voice of women farmers and the transformation of conflicts in women’s agricultural projects.

At the end of the training program, the ladies praised the efforts exerted to support the rights of women working in the agricultural sector and to enhance their undeniable role in supporting their families, especially supporting the sector in general, in order to facilitate food security and sovereignty over food.