Origins of the Gaza Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP)

GUPAP initiative came within a project that was funded by SDC and implemented by Oxfam and RUAF in cooperation with key local organizations (2013-2017). ‘Facilitating urban and peri-urban agriculture in Gaza’ project was implemented with the aim to increase income for men and women engaged in small-scale urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip. Both  project and GUPAP’s inter-related specific objectives (outcomes) revolve around service supply markets, extension services and enabling policy and governance frameworks.

New and revised policy strategies and measures for urban agriculture aimed at supplying the local market are expected to be developed and taken up by concerned local and national government institutions. This aspect of the project is being implemented in close coordination with the Gaza Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) and its more than 80 member organisations – key stakeholders who represent various sectors including government, the private sector, civil society, universities and agricultural funding institutions.