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Nasser Abufarha

Pioneering Fair Trade in Palestine

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Date of Birth:



Jalamah, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Nasser Abufarha is recognized for his transformative work in establishing the Palestine Fair Trade Association (PFTA) and Canaan Fair Trade, significantly impacting Palestinian agriculture and trade. His efforts have uplifted farming communities, integrated fair trade practices, and promoted Palestinian products globally.

Brief bio

Nasser Abufarha is a Palestinian-American anthropologist, social entrepreneur, and author. He founded the PFTA and Canaan Fair Trade, which revolutionized the fair trade olive oil industry and empowered Palestinian farmers. His work extends to various social and environmental causes, contributing significantly to the Palestinian community's development.

Major Milestones


  • 1989: Earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University.

  • 2004: Developed the first internationally recognized standard for fair trade olive oil and established the PFTA.

  • 2006: Earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and International Development from the University of Wisconsin–Madison .

  • 2009: Published the book "The Making of a Human Bomb" by Duke University Press .

  • 2017: Recognized as the One World Award winner.

  • Founding the PFTA and Canaan Fair Trade: Revolutionized the olive oil industry in Palestine by establishing fair trade practices...See More

  • Globalizing Palestinian Olive Oil: Made Palestine's olive oil the largest fair trade supplier in the world...See More

  • Expanding PFTA's Scope: Grew the PFTA to include approximately 1,700 small-scale farmers in 49 cooperatives...See More

  • Social and Economic Empowerment: Initiated various programs like college scholarships, micro-loans for women, and community development projects.

  • International Recognition and Impact: His work in fair trade and social entrepreneurship has been internationally acknowledged, uplifting thousands of farming families.

Date of Last Update: 
December 27, 2023

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