Olive trees to Palestine

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Last updated: November 2017


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For a number of years Ethical Consumer has been a proud supporter of the Trees for Life programme co-ordinated by the Palestinian Fair Trade Association (PFTA). With every new Ethical Consumer gift subscription, we make a donation to the programme, providing an olive tree sapling for farmers in Palestine. 

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Credit: Zaytoun.  

In 2017, 14,063 saplings have been distributed to more than 250 farmers in 21 various villages in the west bank.  The UK made the single largest donation to the scheme of over £24,000, through Zaytoun, the UK co-ordinating solidarity body. 

Over the last twelve months, new gift subscriptions provided 216 olive trees to farmers who are working hard to support their families, community and future generations.



The scheme is closely managed by PFTA and prioritises applications for saplings from:

  • young families
  • starter farmers
  • small farmers
  • female farmers
  • farmers who have recently cultivated lands that have been impacted by the Israeli wall or have been subject to field or tree destruction by the Israeli military



How farmers are benefiting, PTFA Report 2017


Na’eem Abu Hanani is a farmer from the village of Arraneh, near Jenin. When he  was young, he had worked the land with his family. More recently, Na’eem was a taxi driver in Jenin.

He was the PFTA driver during the Run across Palestine (ultra marathon to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinian farmers under occupation) in 2012. This introduced him to the concept and results of fair trade farming in Palestine.

Two years ago Na’eem decided to leave his work as a driver and farm full time. When he heard about the Trees for Life program, he immediately visited the PFTA and  applied to receive trees. He was a perfect candidate as a small farmer with land and the ability and desire to nourish the trees. Na’eem received 100 olive tree saplings from the PFTA and planted them in January 2017.

He said he hopes these trees will start producing in the coming years to increase his income from farming. Just as important, having these trees will ‘insist on his attachment to his land’. He extends sincere thanks and gratitude to the organizations and individuals who contributed to the program in order to improve the livelihood sustainability of Palestinian farmers.


Mohamed Al Weshahi is a farmer from the village of Telfeet near Jenin, he has more than 510 productive olive trees in his land; Mohamed is considered a full time real farmer. His family owns a large flock of goats and sheep, and every morning his wife and his mother do the milking for the animals. The milk is processed and produces a high quality traditional white cheese and yogurt which is sold every day directly to the people in the area and nearby villages.

Every day he brings his tools and visits his farm to do the daily agricultural practices such as weeding, pruning and plowing. Since 2014 when he joined the Fair-trade program, Mohamed sells his organic certified olive oil through PFTA to Canaan Fair Trade company (CFT).

He believes that all Palestinian farmers, even the farmers who are not registered in the PFTA programs, benefit from fair trade; he says “simply every year CFT export large quantities of our olive oil to the international fair trade markets and so the farmers of the PFTA have a direct benefit from this because they market their production, and also this process give a better opportunities for the other farmers who are not registered in the PFTA to market their production in the local Palestinian market with a better prices”.

This planting season Mohamed received 100 olive saplings from the PFTA after he applied to the trees for life program. He hopes these trees will start producing in PFTA 2017 the coming couple of years which means increasing his income and also this will help in insisting on his attachment to his land, while Israel tries to uproot this attachment in Palestine. Established in 2014, Telfeet cooperative is one of the PFTA olive oil producing cooperatives, with all the farmers selling the majority of their olive oil to Canaan Fair Trade. 





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