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4% Zaytoun

Zaytoun was established in 2004 to address poverty and food security within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, through development of overseas markets for fairly traded and organic agricultural produce. Zaytoun pioneered the world's first ever Fairtrade olives and olive oil in 2009.

Palestine is a fertile agricultural land, with generations of experience and knowledge held by its farming communities. For Palestinians, agriculture is tied to their identity, history and resistance to occupation. Palestinian farming organisations increasingly see their struggle to remain on their land as part of a wider Zaytounglobal struggle for ‘food sovereignty’. Extra virgin olive oilBy focussing on what Palestinian farmers already do well i.e. producing a variety of crops without the use of pesticides or herbicides, Zaytoun’s focus is on moving out of the cycle of dependency on aid handouts and into increasing opportunities for self-reliance.

Unicorn is supporting a three year programme of training and support for Zaytoun producers in the Palestinian Fair Trade Association and Canaan Fair Trade ( based near Jenin in the North of the West Bank) to improve product consistency, quality and efficiency of production. This will help to make the most of the growing market opportunities in the UK and beyond. The support and training is being carried out by the owners of Tropical Wholefoods, another great Fairtrade company we’ve been dealing with for years.

  Some of the projects we support

4% - Soil for Life - Established in 2002, Soil for Life assists Township communities in South Africa to overcome hunger and poverty through the establishment of food gardens. 

4% - NEED Burma - Burma’s Network for Environment and Economic Development works with people across all ethnic groups to build a stronger civil society that empowers rural communities to develop sustainable futures.

4% - CELUCT - have been working for over 20 years to create sustainable, agro-ecological farming practices to tackle food insecurity in Zimbabwe.

1% - Middlewood Trust - The Middlewood Trust is based in Lancashire and was set up 30 years ago to provide education and research into sustainable living and food production, low impact lifestyles and ecosystems.

1% - St. John's Sunshine - is a community co-operative in Old Trafford which generates solar energy for a community centre and uses the revenue to benefit local people.

View some of the other projects we've supported

 
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