Our aims and objectives

Our work together aims to support a shift towards women-led agricultural research, practice and policy formulation for a just transition to diversified low-carbon urban farming systems and food sovereignty. As transdisciplinary research the project engages primarily with women producers and processors to articulate and frame their challenges, bringing them together with women-led research teams to stimulate knowledge co-creation for solution-building that amplifies their collective voices and results in a series of user-led innovations for urban agroecology.

Gaza Foodways project

[ Bedouin pastoralists moving their herds through urban areas ]

Working with and across Gazan universities, the project promotes participatory action research practice and strengthen capacity and skills for gender-transformative transdisciplinary curricula, developing a professional urban agroecology diploma. And it establishes supportive intersectorial actor-networks mobilised around strategic policy changes that connect up and strengthen policies for urban agroecology and food sovereignty in Gaza.

Objective 1: (Collaborative Working) Investigative knowledge co-creation with women-led enterprises to open up pathways for improved economic participation.

Objective 2: (Applied Research) Respect and connect layers of knowledge for adaptive co-learning between ‘food system actor-networks’ and academic institutions across Gaza to co-generate challenge-led innovations for urban agroecology.

Objective 3: (Policy Engagement) Advance alternative policy frameworks for urban food systems that respond to the needs, and amplify the voices, of women and young people. 

What we aim to achieve:

  1. Establish and foster 4-6 inter-sectoral City Food System Actor-networks to develop & implement collaborative action plans in Gaza City and Khan Yunis. 
  1. Award and mentor 4 Challenge Prizes to transdisciplinary women-led research teams to co-develop technical or social innovations with the Urban Women’s Agripreneur Forum (UWAF)
  1. Support the integration of 3 new food forums into UWAF with skills for improved adaptive capacity for agroecological production and processing, social organisation and leadership, and marketing to optimise economic participation.
  1. Innovative professional diploma in Urban Agroecology & Food Sovereignty established to enable students (including 10 funded spaces for women) to critically engage with food system transformations as producers, extensionists, NGO practitioners and/or civil society activists.
  1. Inclusive advocacy and influencing strategy towards policy formulation on urban agroecology in Gaza and its inclusion in city planning considerations related to land and resource allocation.