The Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform- GUPAP, launched in 2013, consists of a multi-stakeholder, interactive and participatory forum that brings together all key actors involved in the development of a resilient Palestinian agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip. GUPAP is currently made up of about 80 members, including national and local government Institutions; Non-Governmental Civil Institutions; the Private Sector; Research and Educational Institutions; Agricultural Value Chain Platforms and Agricultural Micro-Finance Institutions.
GUPAP conducted its new BoD elections for 2019/2021 on Wednesday, 27, March 2019, in the presence of the members of the General Assembly and the representatives from Ministry of Interior.
The meeting was opened by the former chairman of the BoD, Eng. Mr. Riyd Genina.
The Agenda was reviewed and approved as following:
- Presenting, discussing and approving GUPAP’s administrative and financial reports for 2018.
- Approval of the Asseal for Accounting and Auditing as a legal auditor of the Association.
- Electing the new Board of Directors by acclamation and it is composed of seven members.
The General Assembly members expressed their appreciation for efforts done by previous BoD and GUPAP’s team,
The following names were elected by acclamation:
- Riyad Nada Hassan Junainah, BoD Chairman.
- Mona Ghazi Adel Al-Alami , Vice-Chairman.
- Maher Tayseer Subhi Al-Tabbaa, Secretary
- Mohammed Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Bakri, Treasurer
- Inaam Ismail Kassem Hellas, Member
- Masoud Salama Shteiwi Qeshta, Member
- Jaber Sulaiman Salman Qudeeh , Member
For his part, Mr. Riad Genina, Chairman of the Board of Directors, expressed his thanks to the members of the General Assembly for giving his confidence to the new elected board.
Under the title “Urban agriculture is an approach that supports the food security of poor families in Gaza”, the site of the “Monitor” on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip and the Gaza Forum for Urban Agriculture.
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The members of the committee of the “Pressure and Advocacy” training workshops in the Gaza Forum for Urban and Sub-Urban Agriculture held a meeting in order to come up with an action plan for action in the presence of the Chairman of the Board. Riad Jenina and forum coordinator Ahmed Sourani, where the regional plan for the municipalities and its policy on urban and peri-urban agriculture was reviewed. At the end of the meeting, the members agreed on several concepts, including “activating the role of municipalities and municipalities in promoting urban and peri-urban agriculture in their areas of influence” and achieving food security and environmental sanitation as well as job creation.
GUPAP in cooperation with the Center for Women’s Affairs held a workshop to present the results of the policy paper on the rights of women farmers in the Gaza Strip and to discuss future interventions for the reality of rural women. This paper is part of the project “Facilitating the development of urban and peri-urban agriculture for the local market in the Gaza Strip” in cooperation with Oxfam and Rawaf Foundation.
Gerneral Coordinator of GUPAP Ahmed Sourani opened praised the role played by the Forum to create agricultural policies that promote resilience and sustainability, stressing that a rights-based approach to development requires adopting strategies for influencing policy and advocacy. Said Abu-Jalaa detailed presentation of the results of the policy paper explaining the reality of the land in the Gaza Strip and the state of the agricultural sector in addition to presenting detailed figures showing the percentage of women’s participation in agriculture, while addressing the problems and difficulties facing women farmers.
Participants concluded the workshop by discussing the results and presenting their views and observations on the subject. They presented suggestions to improve the situation of women farmers. They called for the formation of a committee aimed at influencing the policies related to the rights of women farmers in the Gaza Strip.
The Global Agricultural Innovation Forum (GFIA) revealed the details of speakers and topics to be addressed during the three-day event. The conference and exhibition will feature more than 300 advanced agricultural solutions that will shape the future of sustainable agriculture around the world.
The second edition of the forum will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9 to 11 March 2015 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and in a strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.
Since its launch in 2014, the forum has attracted considerable attention by its commitment to changing the methods and mechanisms used in food production. It is currently supported by 40 of the world’s leading partners who look to use the forum as a catalyst for change as one of the most influential events in the world. And will play an active role in supporting efforts to disseminate sustainable agricultural practices. The event will be hosted by leading international and corporate speakers, including McCain Continental, the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, Plantagon and the Committee on World Food Security.
“Our goal is to mobilize efforts in the Middle East to find sustainable food security solutions as well as take advantage of new technologies to develop desert areas,” said Mohammed Jalal Al Risi, Director of Communication and Community Service, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority. The conference will focus on the opportunities available to all stakeholders at the regional and international levels, as evidenced by the high level of participants, the forum attracts the most prominent players from various fields related to this sector, who has the potential to create A real change in the way food is provided to the world’s population. ”
The forum will feature 6 major conferences held simultaneously, with more than 250 speakers to discuss a range of key issues of relevance to the future of global agriculture and food production:
The World Climate Smart Agriculture Summit – led by the Global Alliance for Smart Agriculture is climate-friendly, and presents a study on techniques, methods and creative approaches to implementing climate-smart systems in food production.
Food and waste losses from prevention to valuation – techniques, practices and policies needed to address the challenges faced by the various stakeholders.
Sustainable Cities: Building capacity to adapt to urban agriculture – Innovations and technologies to create sustainable and climate-friendly systems for food production in urban areas around the world.
ICT for Sustainable Agriculture – Maximize the use of laptops, communication solutions and major data.
Non-conventional uses of water in dry climates – Challenges and opportunities in the extraction, production and reuse of water and agriculture.
Innovation Program – The world’s largest group of innovative and sustainable solutions in sustainable agriculture. After an evaluation of 450 participants, the Steering Committee selected a list of the top 100 submissions for the next session of the Forum; each participant will have only 15 minutes to present his idea and how it can contribute to providing food to the world population.
“Climate-friendly food production is particularly important for the UAE and other countries facing the challenge of water shortages in the world, and we in Abu Dhabi are committed to promoting global dialogue on how to achieve food security and reduce the impacts of climate change. Forum with the participation of many of the leaders of the idea and experts and specialists in various related fields. ”
In addition to the conferences and the accompanying exhibition, the Global Forum on Agricultural Innovations includes:
NGO Pavilion – includes non-governmental organizations, development agencies and philanthropic institutions that carry out successful sustainable agriculture projects in Africa.
Incubator Zone – Provides innovative innovations developed by entrepreneurs.
Center for Research and Cooperation – includes more than 50 research institutions.
The Center for Investment and Finance – brings together comprehensive financing solution providers ranging from smallholder farmers to innovators looking for financing for investment.
The Global Forum for Agricultural Innovations is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Food Security Center, Abu Dhabi Farmers Service Center, Exeed Industries and the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The forum will also receive official Emirati support from the Ministry of Environment and Water, and will include a keynote speech by HE Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, UAE Minister of Environment and Water.
For more information about the Forum, please visit www.innovationsinagriculture.com or join the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture Network on LinkedIn, or follow the forum page on Twitter via the @ GFIA2015, or visit www.FutureAgriculture.info.