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Climate hero Saad from Palestine

Despite the Israeli occupation lots of beautiful things still grow and flourish on the West Bank. About 25 kilometres from Ramallah, the well-read agro-ecologist Saad Dagher has his little paradise. On his five-hectare piece of land, Saad has an olive orchard and grows fruit and vegetables. He sells his harvest at local markets, in shops and on social media.

Key words: life work, pioneer, occupation, farmer

Get to know Saad in this video and read more about his work below.

Saad studied agricultural science in the former Soviet Union. Already as a student, he didn’t agree with convention agriculture, what he considered chemical agriculture. Back in Palestine, Saad witnessed how a farmer in the neighbourhood lost his two young children. They wanted to season their self-harvested cucumbers with salt, but they confused 'salt' with a bag of pesticides lying around. The children were poisoned and did not survive. After this, Saad's decision was clear: he would show that it was possible to produce food without chemicals.

Every year, hundreds of people from Palestina and abroad go to see Saad at work and listen to his inspiring views on agriculture. His company, The Humanistic Farm, has a double purpose: to produce food and to set an example for agroecological farmers. On top of that, Saad is co-founder of our local partner Palestine Agroecological Forum, a voluntary organisation of farmers and sympathizers who also practice and promote agroecology.

The fertile crescent

Saad’s region used to be called ‘the fertile crescent’ by many but lately it has rather become more like a desert. Saad believes  that agroecology is the best way to fight climate change, as it provides more carbon storage in the soil. Besides that it stimulates water conservation through Water Retention Landscapes. These are landscapes designed to keep the wasting of rainwater to a minimum. "Fortunately, no one can prohibit or restrict rainfall!" Saad says.

Do you want to support our work to increase farmers’ resilience to climate change? You can do so by becoming a climate hero yourself through one or more of these actions:

1. Reduce your CO2 emission with one of these tips and let us know how you contributed through email or our Facebook group "Klimaathelden 2022" (Dutch for Climate Heroes 2022).

2. Sign the petition to get agro-ecology higher on the agenda at the Climate Change Conference in November.

3. Join us on the climate march on the 23th of October in Brussels. 

4.  Register as a ‘field brigadier’ at the ‘Landbouwbrigades’, go work on the field and help out the Flemish farmers. The ‘Landbouwbrigades’ is an initiative by Wervel, FIAN and Solidagro to bring farmers and an citizens closer together.   

5. Show you support for Solidagro’s work and many small farming communities by making a donation.

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