Food Sovereignty PDF Print E-mail

ImageThe food we eat says a lot about who we are.  While food is necessary for basic survival, what we eat and how we eat is a powerful way of expressing our culture, enriching our communities, and affirming different ways of life.  Every human being has the inalienable right to be free from hunger, and every community has the right to choose the best way to take care of its needs for daily food and nourishment.

Throughout Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah and surrounding areas, the EEC hosts a number of activities to help local communities combat food insecurity, and help local farmers maintain their right to produce food on their land.  

A large part of these activities revolve around our yearly campaigns to assist local farmers in harvesting their olives, especially in lands next to the Segregation Wall, which are unreachable, and those under Israeli control—such as Al-Numan and Al-Khas, east Beit Sahour, Bir Onah and Batir.  Young students and internationals alike come together for these activities, to learn about the history and traditions of olive-picking in this region that date back for thousands of years.

These campaigns also provide an important opportunity for a broad array of individuals and community members to learn more about the difficult situation faced by so many farmers living near these "hot zones," and to see the environmental importance of protecting these olive groves that have existed for centuries.  The olives collected through these campaigns are used to create a number of products like oil, soap, and more, and remain a powerful symbol of peace and prosperity.