About Ahmed Sourani

Ahmed Sourani is the Coordinator of Gaza Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP). Previously, he held several advisory and managerial positions in local and international organizations including: Oxfam, ICRC & PARC. He is a member of a number of national & regional development initiatives where his expertise focuses on organizational development, policy change and networking for agricultural development, participatory learning and action research. He participated as expert speaker to the UN seminars on assistance to Palestinian people and Gaza Reconstruction (Cairo, 2009 & Vienna, 2015) and the International Urban Farming Conference, Germany in 2017. Ahmed holds Masters Degree in international Development from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP): Driving Agriculture in Gaza

The Gaza Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Platform- GUPAP, launched in 2013, consists of a multi-stakeholder, interactive and participatory forum that brings together all 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; the Private Sector; Research and Educational Institutions; Agricultural Value Chain Platforms and Agricultural Micro-Finance Institutions. Over the past years, GUPAP, by building institutional capacity and collaboration among GUPAP members this resulted in the design and adaptation of 5 policies relating to local market-oriented … Continue reading

Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in Gaza: Perspectives

There are multiple constraints which limit the development of more sustainable and resilient urban agriculture in the Gaza Strip (and the West Bank). Current urban development policies, land use classification systems and planning have ignored to recognise urban agriculture as a land use category and urban development strategy. Furthermore, there is still a lack of research on participatory urban agricultural development, improved production techniques, urban policies and strategies related to agricultural land use. Policy and institutional reform initiatives will be significant to enhance the potential of urban agriculture for food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable urbanisation. Agricultural Land Availability and … Continue reading