Enhancing Employment and Income in Agricultural Sector in Gaza

Project completed
Enhancing Employment and Income in the Agricultural Sector, dates value chain, Gaza Strip © 2015 Oxfam IT

Through facilitating change in the performance of selected potential value chains, the project aims at increasing the income of women and men producers involved in the urban agriculture sector in Gaza Strip. It will engage with the different market actors and link them with the urban agriculture sub-sector stakeholders including local authorities, and public, private or civil society institutions.  This project is a result of a public tender on urban agriculture development in Gaza Strip.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Palestinian Authority
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Agricultural development
Employment creation
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)
01.10.2011 - 31.12.2017
CHF 3'400'000
  • High unemployment and food insecurity.
  • Underperforming Agriculture sector due to different factors including: fast population growth, urban encroachment of agricultural land, water scarcity, and lack of production means due to Israeli blockade.
  • Low performance of the market
  • High potential for urban agriculture to enhance Gazans’s food security and improve their livelihoods, thus contributing to poverty reduction.
  • Increase the income of small scale producers (women and men) through more effective and inclusive urban agriculture market systems
Target groups

Subsistence, small and medium scale farmers (women and men) and communities involved in urban agriculture, including Community Based Organizations, cooperatives, service providers, agronomists and private companies.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Capacities and practices of stakeholders in urban agriculture sub-sector are improved and lead to increased employment and income opportunities of small scale producers (women and men)
  • Market functions in urban agriculture market system are improved and lead to increased access to market by small scale producers (women and men)

Expected results:  

  • Information on urban agriculture is available and used
  • Improved and low cost technologies and agricultural practices are capitalized and used
  • Increased qualitative service delivery and outreach by service providers targeting small scale farmers and producers (women and men)
  • Sustainable governing structures in urban agriculture are well functioning at local and regional levels
  • Changed attitude of consumers (women and men) on the value of Gaza urban agriculture production

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Foreign private sector North
  • Oxfam Italia & Resource Center on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

Other partners

Both ministries of Agriculture and Local Governments, Research and Development, and training institutions.

Coordination with other projects and actors

Projects in the agricultural sector funded by other donors such as the Netherlands.

Linkages with the SDC supported TVET project in Gaza.

Linkages with SDC Local Governance project in oPt.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'400'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   2'745'656
Project phases

Phase 1 01.10.2011 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)