The Gaza Strip, which had been blockaded by Israel for several years, is finding itself increasingly reliant on urban farming and rooftop agriculture.
For the past several years, urban agriculture has become the latest fad in the farm sector. While the practice has been around in one form or another since the beginning of cities, in the past decade it has received increasing attention from municipal governments as a way to revitalize local economies and improve nutrition in urban food deserts.
Major American cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have already passed a number of local regulations allowing for the production and sale of agricultural products within city limits. In addition, urban farming has taken off internationally, with cities like London, Berlin, Tokyo, and Singapore embracing rooftop agriculture.
Advocates argue that it is better for the environment (the smaller spaces allow for decreased use of pesticides and fertilizers that can pollute local waterways and removes the need for transportation and farm machinery, reducing carbon emissions).
The Gaza Strip, one of the most heavily urbanized areas in the world, is typically reliant on food imports to feed its people. With limited access to quality soil and water resources, and with Gaza having limited access to imported food, urban farming has become a major part of the regions food production, something that could help reduce Gaza’s severe food insecurity.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer