Gaza food connections - towards resilient women-led urban agroecological farming initiatives
In Gaza, one of the world’s most densely populated areas, agriculture is a key source of livelihood, with a predominance of small family farming. Environmental challenges, including declining ground water levels, are marginalizing farming activities and small farms tend to be underserved by agricultural services. Women are over-represented in these activities and their economic marginalization is amplified by the political context and by social norms.
This research project aims to promote women’s socioeconomic and political participation in food systems planning, organization, and resourcing, while contributing to the protection of natural capital and a transition to a low-carbon economy. This will be promoted through supporting women-led agricultural research, amplification of women’s voices in agriculture research and policies, and application of a feminist political-ecology lens. It will design participatory mechanisms for learning and governance, and support green technology entrepreneurs to innovate and scale.
This project is part of an IDRC initiative that supports solutions-oriented, local research, and evidence to understand intersectional barriers women face during the pandemic, and in activities deemed essential for transition to low-carbon economies.