GUPAP Work Plan and Strategic Goals (2019-2021)

GUPAP was legally registered in March 2018 as an independent Palestinian NGO under the Palestinian NGO’s law number (1/2000) at Palestinian Ministry of interior in Ramallah (Registration # GA-1183-A), and recently managed to open its legal and independent bank account (in October 2019).

A part of its strategic plan (2019-2021) GUPAP defined its 4 strategic goals and related specific actions. Proposed interventions with our potential partners and donor’s organizations are expected to contribute to these goals now and in years to come, relevant objectives and detailed activities were developed as well in a separate strategic document. Hopefully this work plan will continue consolidating the already existed partnerships and networking at local, national, regional and global levels, thus building on outcomes and lessons learned harvested

  • Goal (1): Consolidate the functioning of GUPAP

    The goal is to consolidate the functioning of GUPAP as an independent  NGO, maintaining sustained participation of its wide institutional member platform.  Related strategic actions will include:

    • Continue to facilitate the efficient and effective functioning of the platform, information exchange and joint policy lobbying and advocacy activities.
    • Expand membership to new urban producer groups and value chains (e.g. vegetables, fodder producers).
    • Develop a new 3 year joint action plan with all GUPAP members, with institutional commitment for its implementation.
    • Regularly monitor GUPAP functioning, activities, results and impacts in order to improve performance.
  • Goal (2): Influence local and national (and where relevant regional and international) agriculture, food security, economic, local governance and other policies that bear on the development of sustainable and resilient urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip.

    The GUPAP seeks in the coming period to enhance the understanding of the policy environment, legal, regulatory and planning framework relevant to urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip. This work will complement the past work done on policy review and revision. It will continue to work on MoA and MoNE policies around agriculture, consumer protection and food safety.   A key objective will also be the development of a Palestinian urban agricultural policy (learning from similar national policies in other countries like Sri Lanka and Kenya) and corresponding implementation  programme.  To do so, continuing awareness raising and capacity building of involved stakeholders is key. Related strategic actions include:

    • To continue to review and influence policies of the MOA and MoNE in so far they bear on sustainable and resilient urban agriculture development.
    • Promote and support the development of a national Palestinian urban agriculture policy and programme.
    • Enhance awareness of decision makers and technical staff on the importance of urban agriculture and the need for building a favourable policy and regulatory framework.
    • Support local municipalities (in Gaza and the West Bank) to adopt the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact and exchange experiences in its implementation.
    • Support local monitoring of the Milan Pact, using the framework currently being developed by Pact secretariat, FAO and RUAF.
    • Share experience and learning with other regional and international platforms working on similar activities.
    • Sharing GUPAP experiences on international platforms and events.

    GUPAP will continue to apply a participatory process (as done in the past years) to review the strategic plans, regulations and policies, to raise awareness and to advocate for policy revision, support formulation of revised policies, their institutionalisation, implementation and monitoring.

    Goal (2): Influence local and national (and where relevant regional and international) agriculture, food security, economic, local governance and other policies that bear on the development of sustainable and resilient urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip.

  • Goal (3) Consolidate the establishment of an on-line information resources centre on urban agriculture to facilitate broad user access to information from the Gaza Strip and other (Arab speaking) countries.

    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

    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.

  • Goal (4) Strengthen institutional capacities in urban and peri-urban agriculture.

    Following its past working approaches, the GUPAP will continue training needs assessment and capacity building for all its members and other involved stakeholders.  Adult learning and learning by doing approaches (PLAR) will be applied in order to optimally benefit  from local experiences, knowledge and resources. Also to ensure demand based and responsive training fitted to the local context. Capacity building will be focussed on strengthening the skills of the GUPAP members in urban agriculture, policy review and revision as well as strengthening the skills of agricultural institutions and organisations to adopt participatory development approaches and practices of urban agriculture. The main strategic actions for this goal are to:

    4.1 Increase capacities of the GUPAP members to enhance their effective and efficient engagement in GUPAP activities.

    4.2 Provide training to urban and peri-urban agriculture farmers  for improved production and marketing practices.

    4.3 Facilitate links between GUPAP members and donor agencies for the implementation of urban agriculture projects (including for example school and home gardens, low space production systems, vegetable processing etcetera).

    Goal (4) Strengthen institutional capacities in urban and peri-urban agriculture.