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Occupied Palestinian territories: Branching out

 
A Woman from the Sir Co-operative, whose members gather together to harvest each others’ olive crop. Around 100,000 Palestinians in the West Bank are dependent on olives for their livelihood. Oxfam is supporting co-operatives like Sir to access the processing facilities and markets needed to increase their incomes.
 

Funding target: £150,000

Year 2 of a 3 year project
Olives have been grown here for thousands of years, but economic pressures are making it increasingly difficult for women farmers to earn a living. You can help them develop new growing techniques, gain Fair Trade status and access lucrative international markets.

About the project

Help olive farmers reach new markets and make a better living

In the occupied Palestinian territories almost half the agricultural land is planted with olive trees. Yet the effects of the Israeli occupation, outdated farming methods and lack of investment mean that the quality and quantity of olives produced are low and farmers' incomes and access to markets are suffering.

With your support we aim to:

  • Increase incomes of poor olive farmers by improving the quality and quantity of olive production and processing;
  • Promote the sustainable growth of the olive oil sector by encouraging diversification into new products, improving market access, and gaining Fair Trade certification;
  • Empower more women to become agricultural and business leaders in their communities;
  • Increase demand for Palestinian olive products in high-value domestic and international markets.

Who will benefit

This year, this project will directly benefit 400 small-scale Palestinian olive farming households and 100 women members of soap co-operatives. Around 2,500 people will enjoy improved olive production and olive oil and soap processing, and access to more lucrative domestic and international markets.

How we are helping

Amina's story

 The project is helping us to increase our income and support our families better. In allowing us to work together the project has also empowered women in the community and supported us to become decision makers. It makes me really happy to see this change happening in our community. We are looking forward to developing our business with Oxfam's support.

Amina Yousef Ahmed Badah, mother of eight, is Chairwoman of Farkha women's co-operative in Salfit district in the northern West Bank. Oxfam has supported the co-operative in starting a soap production business, and provided training in technical aspects as well as marketing and business development.

Photo: Lisei Caspers/Oxfam

The budget

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If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.25MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards helping olive farmers reach new markets. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

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Individual donors:

Emma Learner - elearner1@oxfam.org.uk
01865 472108


Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - ksheaf@oxfam.org.uk 
01865 473578

Companies:

Peter William Hall - pehall@oxfam.org.uk
01865 473445


If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson - anelson1@oxfam.org.uk
0141 285 8863

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