1. Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP)

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    Gaza Urban & Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) enhances resilience, builds institutional capacity and supports collaboration amongst its eighty member Community Based Organisations; including advocacy and policy influencing campaigns and sharing of knowledge, success stories and experience at local, regional and global levels.

    GAPUP’s work responds to the challenging urban protracted crisis context of the Gaza Strip; where economic opportunities are very limited and urban agriculture is not officially recognised by policy makers and planners.

    GUPAP is an active member of at least 6 national, regional and global networks and working groups including representation of West Asia and the Arab Network for Food Sovereignty in the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) of the UN-CFS.
    Over the years, GUPUP has:

    • Facilitated five policies relating to local market-oriented urban and peri-urban agriculture development. This included an advocacy campaign to advocate rights of urban women agripreneurs. GUPAP succeeded in facilitating and consolidating a safe influencing and exchange space, the first of its kind in Palestine called Urban Women Agripreneurs Forum (UWAF);
    • Promoted urban family farming and food sovereignty as strategies to enhance resilience of farming communities in protracted crisis conditions;
    • Worked with governmental and non-governmental institutions to consider market oriented urban farming within the national strategies and function of the national institutions;
    • Facilitated participation of value chain actors, including small scale women/men producers, to provide input into these strategies.
    • GUPAP has recently become (June-July 2021) a member of the Coordination Committee of the Global Network for the Right to Food & Nutrition
  2. Dalia Association

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    The Dalia Association was established in 2007 with the belief that Palestinians should control their own development. Palestinians receive one of the highest rates of international aid, leading to the deterioration of a strong civil society.

    Dalia Association utilise the resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society acting at the grass-roots level, through community controlled grant making. It focuses on four dimensions that ensures holistic community development: environmental, cultural, social, and local economy. Communities are empowered by being able to control their own development by identifying the problems within their community and enacting their own solutions.