Exporting local products to global markets is one of the pillars of any country’s economy, but farmers in the Palestinian territories deal with the unique problem of being part of an economy not formally recognized as a state.
The Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 under the Oslo accords, and tasked with governing areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip while negotiating with Israel on the status of Palestinian statehood.
A consensus has yet to be reached 17 years later, leaving Palestinian farmers with the challenge of selling their goods in a market largely dominated by
Israeli settler products. Israeli products compete directly with Palestinian ones – they are produced by Israeli settlers living in territory under Palestinian Authority control. The international community views the Israeli settlements as an occupying force, infringing on both Palestinian business and land.