Facilitate & Strengthen Institutional Capacities & Innovation in Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture Project

Background

The project “Facilitate & Strengthen Institutional Capacities & Innovation in Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture in Gaza Strip” was funded by MADRE; an international organization fighting for feminist futures, it aimed at empowering women economically and human rights. Also, the project aims at facilitating and Strengthening institutional capacities and innovation in Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture youth women farmers in Gaza Strip for improved innovative production and marketing practices.  The project targeted entrepreneurial women and young women who contribute in enhancing economic resilience and livelihoods of their poor families.

This report summarizes the project activities and outcomes harvested; starting with the Pre-training phase which included the introductory and orientation workshops and the participatory needs assessment, then the participatory capacity building sessions, elaborating on the training mechanism used, the topics covered during the capacity building interventions and the participatory monitoring and evaluation phase.

Finally, the report presents key outcomes, outputs, and resulted Lessons Learned from the project’s interventions as planned

Overall Goal

Facilitate and strengthen institutional capacities and innovation in urban and peri-urban agriculture.

Specific Objectives

Objective (1): Provide an integrated managerial & technical capacity building to urban and peri-urban agriculture women farmers for improved innovative production and marketing practices.

Target Group

Direct:

  • Balah Palestine Company (Balah Palestine Enterprise for Agricultural Production; a medium -scale women’s enterprise that is newly initiated and shareholded by 41 women entrepreneurs involved in urban date palm farming, date paste processing and local marketing in Gaza Strip.
  • 31 urban young women entrepreneurs who received integrated capacity building sessions including the 12 women’s enterprises who received specialised capacity building and an in-kind assistance to enhance innovation and resilience of their 12 small scale enterprises.
  • Indirect:
  • Members of women’s families participated in the capacity building sessions total of (360)
  • University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS Technology Incubator)
  • Local consumers and some shops in local market who benefited from women’s enterprise.
  • GUPAP members and friends who accessed GUPAP team or GUPAP`s information resource centre (website & social media materials).