Market-oriented urban agriculture in Gaza

OXFAM Italia and the RUAF Foundation are jointly implementing the Gaza Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Project (G-UPA) with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project will assist small-scale urban producers to establish value-adding microenterprises and to organise marketing chains for selected products at the local level and for export. Also, a Gaza Strip-wide Platform on Urban Agriculture will be established to develop longer-term policies and programmes.  ​

Duration  4 years 

Funding  Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and project partners (25 %)

Project partners   OXFAM-Italia (coordination) and RUAF Foundation (the Netherlands) in cooperation with local government, civil society, research and private sector stakeholders.​

Activities​

  • Stakeholder assessment
  • Analysis and participatory innovation development of specific agricultural value chains (dates, dairy, vegetables and olives)
  • Analysis of the urban market system and consumer demand; consumer education campaigns
  • Visioning and scenario development for UPA in Gaza to contribute to a more resilient agriculture sector
  • Establishment of chain actor platforms for selected products in various urban localities (such as Khan Younis, Deir Balah, Gaza City)  
  • Capacity building/strengthening of value chain actors and extension agents
  • Facilitating support to the processing and marketing of food products
  • Establishment of a Gaza Strip-wide Platform for Urban Agriculture that will ensure formulation and implementation of longer-term policies and  programmes     

Expected results

  • Improvement of service supply markets to the urban agriculture processing sector (e.g. solar based cold storage; processing equipment and product quality control and improvements, packaging and labelling) has been facilitated
  • Training and extension service delivery to urban agriculture producers and processors in selected sectors (training of trainers and extension staff) has been improved.
  • Improved public policy and governance frameworks have been developed enabling a better functioning urban agriculture market system (strategic vision; policies, plans and regulations; protection of productive assets).

Please find below a selected set of project outputs:

Value chain analysis reports:

Project newsletter:

Interview with Mariëlle Dubbeling (Director RUAF)