Gaza residents find a new way to fight hunger: Rooftop farming | GBRI

The Palestinian city of Gaza has been facing severe food crisis as large amounts of farmland has already been destroyed in Israeli bombings and Israeli blockade prevents vital supplies from reaching the city. But the city residents have devised a new way to sustain themselves– rooftop farming.

Rooftop farming is fairly new in Gaza. Starting in 2010, an urban farming project by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization equipped over 200 female-headed households with fish tanks, equipment, and supplies to build and maintain an aquaponics growing system, in which fish provide both edible protein and fertilizer for vegetables with roots growing into water, without soil.

The current model, designed and built by Palestinians, involves recycled plastic and wood being used to create garden beds, which are then planted with seeds from local farmers.

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