The Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) launched in 2013 and consists of a multi-stakeholder, interactive and participatory space that brings together key actors involved in the development of a resilient Palestinian agricultural sector in the Gaza Strip. GUPAP is currently made up of about 80 members, including national and local government institutions; Non-Governmental Civil Institutions; women organizations/ cooperatives and activists, private sector initiatives/ actors/ stakeholders; research and educational institutions; micro-finance institutions, urban women agripreneurs’ forums, and other relevant actors.

Over the past years, GUPAP has built institutional capacity and collaboration among the GUPAP members, resulting in major achievements. This includes the review and facilitation of five policies relating to local and national urban and peri-urban agriculture development and rights of women agripreneurs, in addition to the following achievements:

  • MoA/MoNE assessments of protection of national products;
  • Women’s dates and dairy products & investigation into tariffs for imported foreign dairy products and quota placement on imported powdered milk;
  • the activation of the Committee for the Development of the Date Palm Sector (CDDPS);
  • an advocacy and influencing campaign on women’s agricultural rights;
  • reactivation of the Consumer Protection Association plan and launching of a ‘buy local’-campaign.
  • GUPAP facilitated the community-led Urban Women Agripreneurs Forum (UWAF) as an empowering space that facilitated exchange and capacity sharing activities among its members and provided input into relevant strategies as part of our rights advocacy and influencing activism.

GUPAP continues to work with relevant civil society member organizations and municipalities to advocate for the integration and adaptation of the concepts and approaches of urban agroecology, gender justice/equity, urban family farming and food sovereignty, within national strategies and functions of the national institutions. These concepts have successfully been integrated in some local and national strategies, as well as in strategies of some local CSOs, which have also adopted the project’s participatory extension approaches.;; .