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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Agroecology, from Palestine to the Diaspora

[Editor's note: this piece was published in Spring of 2022.]

On a biweekly basis, you’ll find a farmer’s market set up on tables laid out in front of the cultural center in Ramallah. A number of agricultural cooperatives from the surrounding municipalities come to sell their organic produce to passersby and to regular customers that come out in their support. Most of these cooperatives are youth-led farms inspired by a surge of interest in new models of community-supported farming using agroecological methods.

This farmer’s market isn’t just a place to buy organic produce, it’s a place to get a taste of what’s to come. The Palestinian youth today are paving the way toward establishing food sovereignty and reducing dependence on the products and employment of the occupation. They uphold their values and principles through a cooperative organizational model centered on equity amongst farmers themselves, and between farmers and their community.

We share with you below a transcript of a webinar that brought together various individual and collective initiatives working in alternative farming from across Palestine and the diaspora. 

Read the rest at Science for the People


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