Currently, information on urban agriculture in Arabic language is fragmented, often out-of-date and dispersed among the many organisations working in this field. The importance of consolidating the established information and knowledge resources centre on urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip lies in the fact that it will bring together available information in one place and make such information publicly accessible. This will be done in an online resource centre, the latter including a unified, national, and interactive database published on the GUPAP website. This database will be linked to international database, like the Urban Food Action Platform under development by FAO and international city networks (see http://www.fao.org/urban-food-actions/areas-of-work/governance-and-planning/en/).
The above will facilitate improved access to information to a wide group of involved stakeholders (for example policy and strategy documents are not easily located nor accessible), increase efficiency of policy and project implementation (having needed information quickly available in one location) and accelerate local innovation and development (building on experiences and learnings already documented in local and international information materials). In addition, the collected information and resources will be made available to research, education and training organisations. Specific attention will be paid also in making available for urban producers and other market chain actors for agricultural production and value chain development and innovation.
Under this goal, the following specific strategic actions are pursued:
3.1 Developing an interactive and participatory website and database on urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip.
3.2 Collect and update existing information and develop new information materials on urban agriculture.