2022 saw the launch of an olive tree planting project in Gaza, where the Israeli blockade has devastated the economy and forced 80 per cent of residents to rely on aid. An integral part of the local food basket and a source of income for rural families, olives are a highly prized part of Palestinian heritage. The hardy trees tolerate the salty water in Gaza and can withstand many disease and climatic changes. The Islamic Relief project will help plant 330,000 square metres of olive trees of different types, expanding the green space in the Gaza Strip. It will also support 665 farmers by providing farming tools to improve agricultural production.

Islamic Relief Palestine country director Muneeb Abu-Ghazaleh helps plant an olive tree.