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Trees for Life Program - Planting Hope


Olive trees are not only one of the main sources of income for small farmers, but more importantly, a hope for a better future, where livelihoods are sustained and families live in dignity.

Canaan’s 'Trees for Life’ program is all about positive aspirations of better life conditions for farmers, and sustainability of their way of living.   

The program works with farmers to plant new plots with olive and almond trees, expand the size of current farms as well as plant new ones, and bring in new farmers to the sector, especially young people so as to inject new blood and energy in the sector and plant the seeds for long-term sustainability.  

In the past 10 years, the project has planted more than 130,000 trees with support from grassroots movement partner organizations and businesses.

In partnership with the Land of Canaan Foundation in the U.S., the 'Trees for Life” program has a campaign where individual donors can buy trees to be donated to farmers. The program has been a huge success as people are paying as little as US$ 20 to donate trees to much needed farmer families. Visit the Land of Canaan Foundation to learn more about the program. 



Young trees lead to a regenerative ecosystem


The 'Trees for Life’ program started in 2005 and is administered by the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA), the umbrella organization for all fair trade farmers in Palestine. While the technicalities of the program is about distribution of tree saplings, the underlining goal is to sustain and expand the existing capacities of the farmers and help to maintain their life-long farming practices that has existed for ages and allowed the older generations to live in a symbiotic relation with the surrounding ecosystem. This fruitful relationship protected the environment as it supported the its key pillars of soil, wildlife, and crops and allowed the whole ecosystem to not only be sustainable, but also to grow and support new varieties of crops, animals, and even the ever-changing human demands.

A committee of PFTA farmers implements and administers the program. Any farmer can apply, and they’re selected based on suitability of land, farmer’s readiness and capacity to care for the trees, and her/his commitment to fair trade practices.  Priority goes to women farmers, young farmers, and farmers who have lost trees due to the geopolitical problems. Trees are usually planted between Tree Day, January 15, and Land Day, March 30. The ritual of planting trees is a symbolic to keeping hope and regenerating the soil that provided for our fathers and grandfathers for generations.

Read more about the program:

Trees for Life Report 2015
Trees for Life Report 2014
Trees for Life Report 2013
Trees for Life Report 2012
Trees for Life Report 2010
Trees for Life Report 2009