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Unit of Food Security Studies Last Update 1/19/2016 10:31:28 AM


Unit of Food Security Studies (UFSS)

Contrary to the fixed area size of the Gaza Strip,  the residents of the Gaza Strip continues to increase. Reluctantly, transformation of agriculture land to urban continues to increase, which pose a serious threat to the food security in the Gaza Strip. This figure was clearly shown by a report of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the World Food Programme (WFP) and international organizations dealing with food security, that 33% of the Palestinian households suffer from food insecurity for the year of 2013. For the Gaza Strip, this result was shown to be much higher rate of food insecurity (76% ), especially after the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.  

Food security is a shared responsibility that include governments, agricultural societies and economic and agricultural associations, in addition to research centers which also play a big rule in producing data and information which are very important for food security. Therefore, the Unit of Food Security Studies (UFSS) started such initiative to support collecting, processing, archiving, analyzing the geospatial data, which encourages UFSS to construct a geospatial data observatory  and repository and specialized in the monitoring of the continuous change and transformation of agricultural land use to other uses including urban areas. UFSS collects data of spatial variables that are directly related to food security studies such as; soil, water, liquid and solid waste ,,, etc) and study these variables either individually or jointly.

Geospatial data and technologies contributed to study and analysis of many issues of food security which threaten the human life because of related problems of food availability in quantity and quality. The availability of spatio-temporal and thematic geospatial data for the natural resources and environmental conditions attracted many research centers to use such data in studying the sustainability of agricultural sector development and in the studies of food security. In 2012, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development recommended (Rio + 20) to use the new technologies of geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing systems (RSS), global positioning system (GPS), and modern techniques for a global and comprehensive evaluation of environmental conditions and to monitor their dynamics.

Geospatial data center(GDC)  for  education, research and development - Al-Aqsa University, is one of the research centers which is established in order to promote the contributions of geospatial data and technologies in UFSS, in the Gaza Strip. UFSS focuses on exploring the multi-spatial dimensions of the food security problems on the Gaza Strip, in order to have more inclusive understanding of the agricultural and food security problems. UFSS works to strengthen cooperation between universities, research centers and the relevant ministries to activate the scientific and developmental research on agricultural and food security studies, such researches are solely based on the geospatial data and technology (GIS, air-borne and space-borne remote sensing, GPS, and modern field surveys ) to link scientific research in the field of food security studies with the development of the geospatial technics to serve the sustainable management of agricultural resources and food security studies within the Gaza Strip.

UFSS focuses on tasks such as geospatial data collection, processing and archiving in various areas of agriculture and food security studies. The geospatial data is stored in a geographic digital formats (georeferenced geographic databases) in a special data repository  for the food security geospatial data (SDI), which allows for online - data sharing with other interested institutions and individuals in the  applications of geospatial data in agriculture and food security studies. These data are the backbone for evaluation and monitoring of related effects on agriculture and food security studies, Consequently, produce scientific scenarios and forecasts of the agriculture and food security impact in future, such scenarios are important and effective tool for the spatial planning of sustainable management of agricultural  areas food and for food security development.

GDC- UFSS is ready to cooperate with local and international partners who are involved in agricultural and food security studies within the Gaza Strip, to assist in the collection and management of geospatial data, as well as for the assessment of developing strategies for observing, monitoring, modeling and spatial analyzing of specific components  effecting the agriculture and food security, Consequently, assist in mapping agriculture and food security development priorities, using multiple scenarios approaches.

UFSS is looking forward to contribute in production, maintenance of local geospatial data including, collection, processing and archiving in various areas of agricultural and food security studies. The geospatial data is stored in a geographic digital formats (georeferenced geographic databases) in a special data repository  for the agriculture and food security  geospatial data infrastructure (SDI), which allows for online - data sharing with other interested institutions and individuals in the  applications of geospatial data specialized for agricultural and food security studies. SDI data are the backbone for evaluation and monitoring of related agriculture and food security related issues, Consequently, produce scientific scenarios and forecasts of the food security in future, such scenarios are important and effective tool for the spatial planning of agriculture sector sustainable development.

UFSS is working on producing thematic time series geo-referenced digital maps related to agriculture and food security studies, for example, land use/land cover, transformation and change maps in agricultural land use, UFSS is also looking forward to develop tools, methodologies, and standards to help local government and institutions of agriculture sector of the Gaza Strip in the evaluation, monitoring and management of related natural resources (water productivity used in agricultural sector). In addition UFSS is working on the assessing the poverty associated with the agricultural and rural areas,  including production of linked maps. These assessments, in turn, plays an important role in policy-making at all levels and contribute to the building of a national strategic objectives.

UFSS is looking for the capacity and awareness development for mapping and monitoring of agricultural areas and crop revenue forecast. UFSS monitor and document spatial observation (aerial and satellite photographs), to assess changes in ecosystems, to estimate the biomass growth at various levels and to use mapping for assessment of soil such as the carbon content in the soil and others (soil carbon and gaps). In addition, UFSS supports and encourages national programs to create a database at the national level (NSDI) to draw a multi-purpose maps and the change in land use.

 

Consulting Members 

Specialization

interests

1

Prof. Dr. Yousef Abu Mayla CV

Hydrology

Hydrological Studies

2

Prof. Dr. Abdelrahem Ashour  CV

Organic Chemistry

Organic pollutants.

3

Dr. Wiesam Essa CV

Remote Sensing

Applications of Remote Sensing

4

Dr. Abdelhakem Talaa

Economics

Socio-Economic Studies

5

Dr. Kamal Abu Zohri  CV

Plants Ecology

Plants Ecology Studies  

6

Dr. Maher Al-Bahasi CV

Hydrology (GIS Modeling)

Hydrological Studies

7

M.Sc. Rami Abu Ajeen  CV

Physical Geography

Environmental Studies

8

Eng. Sami Abu Fakher CV

Construction Engineering and GIS specialist.

Applications of GIS

9

Dr. Naser Eed

Geography of Agriculture

Agriculture and Food Security Studies.

10

M.Sc. Sari El-Sahar

Plant Pathology

Plant  Production and Prevention

11

Eng. Mohamed Khateep

Agriculture Engineering

Plant  Production and Prevention

12

Medical-Doctor Atef Hout .

Medical Doctor

Food Security and Nutrition